Teen dies after Thursday wreck

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By The Staff

On Chiefland teen is dead and two Cedar Key teens were injured in a nighttime crash about 4.5 miles outside Chiefland on Thursday, Feb. 12.

Jeremy Alan Smith, 17, Chiefland, the driver of the truck, died from his injuries Monday night at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

Injured in the crash were Cheyenne Larkin Wells, 16, and Laura Alice Odell, 19, both of Cedar Key. They were treated and released from Shands.

Another passenger, Cody James Norwood, 18, of Chiefland, sustained minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle for medical care

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report the teens were in a 1991 Ford F-150 pickup traveling southbound on Northwest 110th Avenue when the driver lost control. The vehicle went off the road and struck a tree in the area of the driver’s door.

While the FHP report says one passenger said the truck was speeding in the 35 mph zone. The report also notes alcohol use is not suspected in the crash, and the driver and passengers were not using their seatbelts.