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FHP cites alcohol in death of Lakewood Ranch teens

Florida Highway Patrol cites drinking, high speed as factors in fatal crash on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.

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A Florida Highway Patrol investigation finalized Feb. 16 has concluded alcohol and high speed were factors in the Oct. 10 fatal traffic deaths of Lakewood Ranch High School students Brendan Shreve, who was driving, and passenger Jared Duran on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.

An investigation headed by Corp. Louis Smith, Jr., stated toxicology reports indicated Shreve, who was 17, was driving under the influence of alcohol along with driving at an unlawful speed. The toxicology report stated Shreve had a blood alcohol concentration of .095.

The early-morning accident occurred along Lakeside Ranch Boulevard near Parkside Place where the 2012 Mercedes C350 driven by Shreve failed to negotiate a slight curve in the road while headed south, went into the median and struck a tree. Both occupants died at the scene. Duran was 15.

Smith's report stated "the critical speed of the curve (the vehicle) failed to negotiate was 113 miles per hour. Based upon the critical speed of the curve and the physical damage it was probable (the vehicle) was in excess of the critical speed of the curve when (the vehicle) entered the curve."

The investigation concluded the roadway, which was dry, did not contribute to the accident.




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