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Deputies: Utility vehicle with teens runs stop sign before wreck

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 04:34 PM
PLANT CITY -

A Kawasaki Mule occupied by three teens ran a stop sign and drove in front of an SUV, which struck the utility terrain vehicle Sunday night, investigators said.

After the wreck at South Wiggins Road and Futch Loop, the teens and SUV's driver were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries. All were expected to survive, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said the 2011 Mule was driven by Bailey Meachum, 16, of Plant City, with his brother, Jacob Meachum, 14, and Trent Tolloh, 14, of Dover, as passengers. The four-passenger Mule is similar to a golf cart that can drive off-road.

The Kawasaki, heading westbound on Futch Loop, went through a stop sign and into the path of a 2007 Saturn Vue heading north on Wiggins, deputies said

The Saturn, driven by Guadalupe Moreno, 37, of Plant City, struck the left side of the Kawasaki, deputies said. The Kawasaki was redirected off the road, rotated and stopped in a shallow ditch. The brothers were ejected from the vehicle, deputies said, and Tolloh was found restrained in a seat belt.

The Saturn went north on the east shoulder, crossed the southbound lanes before going off the west shoulder and into a shallow ditch, deputies said.

The teens were transported to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. One was taken by helicopter, the others by ambulance.

Moreno was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

Neighbors said they often see vehicle ride through the intersection.

The sheriff's office originally reported there were four teens involved, but that was changed during the course of the investigation.


News Channel 8 reporter Josh Green contributed to this report.

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