Students remember classmate
Two Collier students killed in car crash
Two teenagers from Naples died Sunday afternoon from injuries received in a rollover crash of a sport utility vehicle in the westbound lanes of Interstate 75's Alligator Alley, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.
The single-vehicle crash occurred at 1:53 p.m. Sunday near mile marker 63 in eastern Collier County. The right, rear tire on a 2000 Ford Explorer blew, causing the driver to lose control, crash into a guardrail, and overturn the vehicle twice. The two passengers killed in the crash were not wearing seat belts and were both ejected from the vehicle, which came to rest on the top of the concrete barrier wall on the interstate's north shoulder, FHP reports.
The passengers who died in the crash are Dehvohn Payne, 16, and Janelle Sansion, 16, both of Naples. Both teens were ejected over the concrete wall of the north side of the bridge, according to the FHP report. Janelle Sansion received fatal injuries at the crash scene, and Dehvohn Payne was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where he was later pronounced deceased.
Dehvohn Payne was a Lely High School sophomore. Janelle Sansion was a junior at Golden Gate High School.
The junior counselor at Golden Gate High will meet with students in each of Janelle’s classes throughout the day to offer support, wrote Leanne Zinser, a Collier County school spokeswoman, in a press release on Monday morning. Students planned to meet around the flagpole at lunch to remember their friend.
Zinser said there was a moment of silence to commemorate Janelle and Dehvohn at their respective schools.
Grief counselors were on hand to speak with any student or staff member at both schools.
Both the driver, Luvisca Payne, 47, of Naples, and another passenger, Pamela Sansion, 41, were seriously injured in the crash and are hospitalized at NCH Hospital in Naples. Both adults were wearing seat belts, FHP reports.
"The tread of the right rear tire separated and caused the driver to lose control," reports FHP Trooper Gualberto Morales, crash investigator.
At least three hours after the crash, one westbound lane remained closed while troopers continued to investigate.
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