VIDEO/PHOTOS: Two teens who died in Alligator Alley crash mourned at Lely, Golden Gate high schools

Two teens were killed when they were thrown from this SUV during an accident on Alligator Alley on Sunday. Photo courtesy of NBC-2.

Two teens were killed when they were thrown from this SUV during an accident on Alligator Alley on Sunday. Photo courtesy of NBC-2.

Students remember classmate

Two Collier students killed in car crash

Dehvohn Payne

Dehvohn Payne

Janelle Sansion

Janelle Sansion

— Students from Lely High and Golden Gate High schools on Monday mourned the deaths of two Collier County teens who died in a tragic crash Sunday.

Dehvohn Payne, 17, and Janelle Sansion, 16, 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. near mile marker 63 in eastern Collier County. The right, rear tire on a 2000 Ford Explorer blew, causing the driver, Luvisca Payne, 47, of Naples, to lose control, crash into a guardrail and overturn the vehicle twice.

Dehvohn Payne and Sansion were passengers in the vehicle and were not wearing seat belts. They were ejected from the vehicle, which came to rest on the top of a concrete barrier wall on the interstate’s north shoulder, FHP reports.

Sansion died at the scene. Dehvohn Payne was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, where he was later pronounced dead.

Both Luvisca Payne and another passenger, Pamela Sansion, 41, were seriously injured in the crash and were transported NCH Downtown Naples Hospital. Both adults were wearing seat belts, FHP reports.

Dehvohn Payne was a Lely High School sophomore. Janelle Sansion was a junior at Golden Gate High School.

Teachers and students at both the schools grappled with the loss of the pupils and friends, but also tried to take away lessons.

During Monday’s lunch break at Golden Gate High, classmates of Janelle Sansion, many wearing black polo shirts, filed out of the entrance of the school and gathered around the school’s flag pole to remember their friend.

A few students talked about their memories of Janelle Sansion.

“She always put a smile on our faces whenever we met her,” one student recalled.

Other students tried to find lessons from the tragedy. They told each other to savor each moment; some called for all students to buckle their seat belts.

But most of the students stood silent and clumped together with their peers sobbing, holding hands and hugging.

Joe Consolino, the school’s junior class counselor, said the student-led meeting was for Janelle Sansion’s classmates to start to cope.

“It’s good for them to get together like this and start to lean on each other,” he said.

Lely High School began the day with a moment of silence to honor Dehvohn Payne.

Dehvohn Payne played on the Junior Varsity football squad.

Principal Ken Fairbanks said the team also took a few moments to remember their teammate before practice began. Former teacher Sue Cheney remembered him as a charming student.

“He had a huge heart, always wore a smile and was so genuine and approachable,” she wrote in an e-mail to the Daily News. “We’re at such a huge loss at Lely.”

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Leeze writes:

Some people (perhaps well-meaning) are writing all nonsense here, placing blame over things they don't know about. Sept 19th, the day before that accident, a 14-seater blew a tire on a NJ freeway, rolled over and ejected 9 of its 14 passengers, 6 died on the spot, they were wearing seat-belts as required by law the police report said. Seat belts are great at preserving life, but not 100% sure to save life, the poor mothers have enough to deal with without your blame, in the front seat they can't see their 16-year old's 24/7. And they who will judge that they had no fathers, please mind your own bees-wax, those people are my friends we have camped and eaten together, the husbands/fathers of those teens are much alive and involved .
As a mom, I have taken my kids on long trips across states without my husband. Besides what has that to do with anything. Usually dads work and Moms take care of kids. Is that strange? "Precious in the sight of the Lord are the deaths of His saints" Yea saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.

Meaning God sometimes puts his children to rest, because they are ready to meet Him, then they are safe from the world's temptations sin cannot harm them there. Sweet Dehvon and Janelle, rest in peace, Mom, Dad and your loved ones will be waiting to meet you in the kingdom of God.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean to your own understanding."

Dear Moms, please do not blame yourselves, you did what you could, and you had an accident, you didn't cause it and you cannot fix it, self blame will only hurt, awake from your sadness and the Lord will give you strength and light. Wait and prepare for the glad day when you will hug your children again. Many people are praying for you, especially those from your church and school. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all.

The golden morning is fast aproaching, Jesus soon will come, to take His faithful and happy children to their promised home.

Yours in the blessed hope
Leeze

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