A single-car accident on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard resulted in two teenagers loosing their lives.
The crash took place as fifteen year old Jared Duran and seventeen year old Brendan Shreve were driving south on Lakewood Ranch Blvd., in a Mercedes C350 heading toward Clubhouse Drive.
At approximately five in the morning, the two teenagers approached a curve in the Mercedes Sedan. The young driver failed to negotiate the curve in the road and struck the center median. After striking the curb, the car careened onto the median where it impacted a tree head-on. The force of the crash was so violent that the premium, German-engineered, luxury sedan was torn in half by the force.
The front for the car was ripped away from the rear and was carried by momentum into the north lanes of lakewood Ranch Blvd., while the shattering impact of the collision threw the rear of the car into the southbound lanes.
Authorities have reported that given the state of the vehicle excessive speed was likely a factor in the deadly crash.
In the aftermath of the crash members of the community gathered for a memorial service in memory of the teens that lost their lives.
Florida Highway patrol stated an investigation is ongoing.