Two teen-agers die after driver surrenders wheel to fix her hair
Sep. 02, 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.