Rescue crews respond to fatal accident Sunday. (Black Jack Fire Protection District / Facebook)
ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – Police say the section of road that a 17-year-old died in a car accident in North County has a reputation for "hill jumping."
The accident happened on New Jamestown Road, just south of Krenski Lane in Florissant around 3:15 p.m. Sunday.
Police said the driver of the car, Lauryn Wade, came over the crest of a hill, crossed the center line and went off the road and into a tree. She died at the scene.
Four other teens, described as three females and one male between the ages of 15 and 18, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police said the speed limit on the stretch of New Jamestown Road is 35 mph. But police said Wade was driving at a “high rate of speed.”
The car Wade was driving was so mangled that firefighters arriving on the scene had to use the Jaws of Life to get some of the passengers out of the car, authorities said.
All were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.
Authorities said it is unknown at this point what exactly led to the crash, but the roadway has a reputation among young people for "hill jumping."
Captain Tim Martin of the Black Jack Fire Protection District said, “There have been multiple accidents, some with minor injuries, some with major, but that’s a pretty popular spot for "hill jumping" right there."
Eugene Weidner lives near where the accident took place and said when he saw the scene of the crash, he was not all that shocked.
"I think they use it for "hill jumping" because it kind of gives you that feeling of weightlessness if you're going fast enough," said Weidner.
The St. Louis County Police Department’s Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash.
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