A 98-year-old man driving the wrong way on a Florida state road killed two teen girls on their way to a BBQ dinner, according to a report.
Walter Roney, 98, was headed westbound in the eastbound lane on State Road 70 Tuesday evening when he collided into 17-year-old Santia Feketa and 16-year-old Britney Lee Poindexter, the TC Palm reported.
The near-centenarian and his passenger, 75-year-old Carolyn Elizabeth-Evans Bruns, who are both from Michigan, were taken to Lawnwood Medical Center where they remained Wednesday night after being seriously injured.
Florida highway patrol spokesman Lt. Al Feola said officials haven’t been able to interview the older couple yet because of their medical conditions.
Neighbors laid flowers and balloons in a median near the crash site Wednesday afternoon in honor of the two Port St. Lucie girls, who were described as best friends.
“Britney loved life more than anyone I know,” said 18-year-old McKenzie Perslin. “No matter what happened she always had a smile on her face.”
The bubbly blonde was an 11th grader at Fort Pierce Central High School, which her friend Santia Feketa had graduated from last year.
Feketa, who was studying to be a kindergarten teacher at Indian River State College was described as “just hysterical” by friends.
“As soon as she walked in the room she’d light you up,” said Savannah Yarborough, 17. “All she knew was to crack some jokes and make you happy.”
Both girls loved animals and horseback riding. Feketa had worked at a veterinary hospital for two years and Poindexter owned a horse named Rusty, friends said.
The girls loved to eat at Moonswiner Bar-B-Q a few miles east of the crash scene and friends said the girls were en route at the time of the accident.