By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Two teenagers miraculously escaped injury after the 2001 Toyota they were riding in collided with a 2007 Freightliner semi on Friday, July 15.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Summer A. Hendrix, 16, of Bartow, and Lucas Jordan Brown, 18, of Winter Haven, were westbound on Interstate 10 in the inside lane near the 263-mile marker.
Hendrix contacted the paved rumble strip and lost control of the Toyota. She crossed the grass median and entered the eastbound lanes of the interstate.
The car continued out of control, crossing the eastbound lanes before finally being struck by the semi, driven by Wilbert Mayes, 59, of Memphis, Tenn.
The Lee Community Volunteer Fire Department and Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Anderson assisted at the scene.
FHP Trooper Tom Roderick was the investigating officer.