Third Teen Dies in U.S. 92 Crash
Two other teenagers died at the scene of Saturday’s crash. A fourth person suffered serious injuries.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A third teenager who was a passenger in one of the vehicles in a Saturday (Feb. 22) crash on U.S. 92 has died, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Edgar A. Ortiz, 14, of Plant City, died at Tampa General Hospital on Sunday (Feb. 23). He was airlifted there after the crash.
Mr. Ortiz was a passenger in a 2008 Ford Escape that was involved in the crash. The driver, Camilo E. Mustacchio, 17, of Dover, and other passenger, Lexi R. Lapointe, 15, of Seffner, died at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, Petar Lakic, 61, of St. Petersburg, was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in serious condition. (Click here for related story.)
The crash happened about 12:38 a.m. on U.S. 92 west of Turkey Creek Road in Hillsborough County.
Troopers said Mr. Mustacchio was driving the Ford west on U.S. 92 when, for an unknown reason, the car crossed the centerline of the roadway. The Ford entered the path of an oncoming 2005 Peterbilt semi tractor-trailer driven by Lakic. The vehicles collided head on.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
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