Lee County Sheriff’s deputies say 23-year-old James Lepore was excessively speeding before crashing head-on into a concrete wall around 4 a.m. Sunday. The car burst into flames. A Good Samaritan was able to pull one of the victims out of the burning vehicle, but authorities say LePore and two others were trapped. The car was so badly damaged that rescuing the victims was difficult. One was trapped for about an hour.
Lepore and his 15 and 17-year-old passengers were hospitalized with life threatening injuries. A 16-year-old remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The fiery crash closed part of a busy highway for four hours.
Traffic homicide detectives are investigating. Authorities said alcohol may have played a role.
Source: The Associated Press