Truck Crashes Into Trees Near High School
LABELLE, FL. -- An 18-year old teen is dead after the driver's truck crashed forcefully into trees on Cowboy Way this afternoon near the LaBelle High School.
Margarito Reyes of LaBelle died after being transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.
At about 2:32 p.m. Monday, Reyes' 2005 white Dodge pickup truck was eastbound on County Road 80A, also known as Cowboy Way. Florida Highway Patrol Trooper T. Parks said for unknown reasons Reyes's vehicle crossed the center line of the roadway and lost control.
As a result, the truck began to rotate counterclockwise, then exited the roadway and struck a group of trees on the north shoulder of County Road 80A, and lodged between the trees, totally the truck which was smashed badly on the front end.
Moderate rain had started falling in the LaBelle area about the time of the crash.
While the FHP reports the crash happened at 2:32 p.m., at 3:15 p.m. emergency personnel were arriving and working on the scene to extract Reyes from the very badly smashed passenger compartment. Reyes was not wearing a seat belt and the crash was not alcohol related, say investigators.
Reyes was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased due to injuries sustained from the crash. He was a senior at LaBelle High School.
FHP Homicide Investigator Cpl. Juan Quintana says charges for the crash are still under investigation.
Update: A Funeral Mass was held Friday, March 22 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven Catholic Church, LaBelle, FL.
A benefit car wash and dinner was held Saturday, March 23 at Advance Auto Parts sponsored by Rachel's Challenge, a local charity