Friday night, two Jennings’ teens were killed, and four others were seriously injured when their vehicle hit a tree. According to St. Louis County Police, the single-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Shannon Avenue. Officials say there were six people in the car at the time of the crash and the deceased male victim was in the rear passenger seat and died instantly. The second deceased male victim died later at the hospital. Four other passengers were taken to a nearby hospital and are in critical condition. The identities of the victims have not been released, but authorities say the two dead were a 15-year-old and 16-year-old. The driver of the vehicle survived the crash.
The single-vehicle accident is under investigation, according to the St. Louis County Police Department. The department had also insisted the help of the Bureau of Crimes Against Persons and Accident Reconstruction unit. At this time, it is believed the accident was caused by careless and reckless driving. Police say the driver of the vehicle did not have their driver’s license. Police say the speeding underage driver will be referred to the St. Louis County Family Courts. Police say only one of the teens was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and she suffered minor injuries.
Thousands of passengers are killed by careless and reckless drivers, especially those between the ages of 15-19 years of age. If you have lost someone you love in an auto accident that was caused by a reckless driver, please contact Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, immediately.