PALM CITY, Fla. – An incident is under investigation by FHP that happened on Boat Ramp Ave. just north of Citrus Blvd.

According to investigators, 1 individual died and four others sustained injuries in a single car accident.

The car crashed into a tree and the driver of the car, 18-year-old Derek Vance Hadley, died at the accident spot.

All passengers riding the car were hospitalized due to life-threatening injuries they sustained in the accident.

The passengers include two 16-year-old girls, 18-year-old Christian Wagner and 19-year-old Tonya Hardison. One of the 16-year-old girls was the only individual in the vehicle wearing a seatbelt, said the investigators.

Wayne Winstead, who lives near the accident scene said, “I knew it was a matter of time before somebody got killed on this road”.

Winstead has a farm off of Boat Ramp Ave. since 2 years but in that time period according to him, he has seen his share of reckless driving. “It’s just a dirt road, and the local boys come and they mud on the side of the road when we get a heavy rain”. He also told that he has also seen some accidents. “There was one not too long ago, but not this bad”.

The Florida Highway Patrol has not yet said if high speed was a cause of the deadly accident that happened but on a road with just a 25 MPH speed limit, Winstead said that it is hard to believe the car was obeying the speed limit by knowing the extent of damage to the vehicle. “They fly up and down this road”.

Winstead is now hoping the accident might lead to more security measures on the street or cause other drivers on the road to be more cautious.

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