Teen killed in crash in front of elementary school

MARTIN COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - A 15-year-old South Fork High student is dead and an 18 year old suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle accident in front of the Crystal Lake Elementary School in suburban Stuart, said Chief Doug Killane, spokesman for Martin County Fire Rescue.

Briana Lawson of Stuart was a passenger in the car. She died at the scene, according to Sgt. Mark Wysocky, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver, 18-year-old Andrea Lynn Colletti, also of Stuart, tried to stop at a traffic light in front of the elementary school at 2095 SW 96 th Street when she lost control of the vehicle, which began to spin clockwise and hit a concrete utility pole, according to FHP.

Colleti was wearing her seatbelt, Briana wasn't, according to FHP.

Colletti was taken to Martin Memorial Hospital South with non-life-threatening injuries, Killane said.

Laurie Gaylord, school district superintendent, said in a news release, "The district and high school will have crisis counseling and support available to our students, their families and our staff."

"This is a tremendous tragedy, a tremendous loss to the community and South Fork High School," Gaylord said. "Our hearts are with these students and their families as they cope with this tragedy."

The 3:16 p.m. crash is under investigation, Wysocky said.

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