ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Two teenagers lost their lives and a third suffered minor injuries after crashing into a power pole in St. Petersburg early Saturday morning.
According to police, a 17-year-old was traveling eastbound on 11th Avenue South around 12:45 a.m. when she drove off the roadway and crashed into a power pole in the 4200 block of 11th Avenue South.
An 18-year-old passenger died at the scene. A 14-year-old passenger was taken to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg where they were pronounced dead.
Alfrieda Lewis says her son Brice Lewis was one of the teens killed in the crash. She says the 18-year-old was a good kid looking forward to the future.
"Today I am hurt. I lost a piece of my heart. When I tell you my child was my everything," Lewis said.
She said her son was a passenger in the back seat when the crash happened. She hopes this tragedy serves as a warning to other young drivers.
"You need to understand the severity of getting behind a wheel," she added.
Brice’s mentor says this is a loss that’s having a great impact on everyone.
"The one thing that stood out about Brice from any other kid is Brice just really wanted to be successful in any position that he could put herself into to be successful. He wanted to do that. And his major thing was he just wanted to make his mom proud," Lewis Stephens Jr. shared.
The 17-year-old driver was taken to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital with minor injuries.
The crash is under investigation.