SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Troopers said police were trying to pull over a vehicle for reckless driving minutes before it crashed, killing two people and critically injuring two others early Saturday morning.
The crash happened around 3 a.m. on Narcissus Avenue near Monroe Road in Sanford, troopers said.
According to officials, Sanford police tried to pull over the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix on Monroe Road for reckless driving. The driver stopped briefly, but then fled from the officer and turned onto Narcissus Avenue, troopers said. The officer did not chase the vehicle and instead followed it at a distance.
Moments later, troopers said the officer discovered the crashed Pontiac on Narcissus Avenue. The driver had apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree.
There were four occupants in the vehicle, two of which were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims have been identified as 18-year-old Clanesha Hickmon and 20-year-old Wilbur Frederick Miller II, troopers said.
The other two individuals in the car, 21-year-old Clifton Grant and 16-year-old Jaquasha Perdue, were rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
Troopers said they are unsure who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation.