Two teens injured
in rollover crash
NORTH PORT — Two Charlotte County teens were severely injured Wednesday when the vehicle they were in rolled over and landed in ditch, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Available information on the crash was limited Friday, according to FHP spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno, but he said the 2003 Nissan that crashed was being driven by Taylor Leigh, 17, and that Briana McGill, 16, was a passenger in the car. There were two other passengers in the car, but Bueno could not provide their names, and did not know where Leigh and McGill lived in Charlotte County.
The crash occurred at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at East Hillsborough and Raintree boulevards in North Port, Bueno said, adding that three people were transported to Fawcett Memorial Hospital for treatment, while the fourth was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital.
Support has been pouring in from patrons and employees of the Chik-fil-A in Murdock, where both Leigh and McGill work, according to restaurant operator Edward Leslie, who added that hundreds of people have commented on the crash since it was posted on Facebook.
“Since we got the word out, it’s gone viral and the support we’ve gotten has been amazing,” he said. “We have people praying for the girls from across the country.”
Families for both Leigh and McGill could not be reached Friday, but Leslie said both girls have worked at the restaurant for about three months. He said McGill suffered injuries to her legs, while Leigh’s were more severe, suffering injuries to her head. Both are expected to recover, he said, but the two Port Charlotte High School students are likely facing a long rehabilitation process.
“They’re great girls and great employees. They’re always smiling and friendly,” Leslie added.