FHP: No teens in Sunday’s crash in south county were wearing seatbelts

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – Officials are still investigating the crash that sent four minors to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Sunday.

The crash, which occurred around 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of 26th and 49th avenues, involved two vehicles, both driven by 18-year-olds. The driver and all four passengers in one vehicle were not wearing their seatbelts, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Two of the minors, ages 14 and 17, were taken to Lawnwood in critical condition. The other two passengers, ages 15 and 16, sustained minor injuries.

Officials have not released the identities of the teens.

According to FHP, Dalton Durrell, who was driving a 2005 Ford F-150, was traveling east on 26th Avenue toward 49th when he turned left directly into the path of the other vehicle.

Durrell’s truck collided with Mark Fadden’s 1994 Honda Accord, and came to rest blocking the west travel lane. Fadden’s vehicle came to rest on the north shoulder.

Durrell was the only person involved who was wearing a seatbelt, according to FHP. He suffered no injuries.

Fadden sustained minor injuries and was treated at Indian River Medical Center.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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