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Two teen-agers die after driver surrenders wheel to fix her hair

September 2, 1997

FELLSMERE, Fla. (AP) _ Two teen-agers were killed in a car wreck Tuesday after the 16-year-old driver asked a passenger to take the wheel while she fixed her hair, authorities said.

The driver, Shannan Thompson, was seriously injured along with a passenger, Nicole Thomas, 18.

Thompson was driving on Interstate 95 at about 2 a.m. when she asked Robert Cuskaden, 18, to steer, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The car veered several times into the grassy median and flipped, throwing three of the four teen-agers out.

Cuskaden and Julie A. Baghdadi, 18, were killed. Baghdadi was run over by a tractor-trailer and another vehicle.

The Florida teen-agers were returning from a weekend in Orlando.

No immediate charges were filed. Florida’s curfew law prohibits youngsters under 18 from driving overnight.

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