TAMPA -- (WPTV) -- A 14-year-old boy has been charged with driving without a license and causing a traffic crash that injured seven people on Interstate 4 in Tampa Saturday night, authorities said.
The Tampa teenager, whose name is not being released because of his age, was behind the wheel of a 2000 Ford Explorer heading westbound on I-4 near Mile Marker 4 about 7 p.m.
The incident occurred when the driver of the Explorer attempted to change lanes and overcorrected to avoid a collision, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said in a news release. The Explorer went of out control, left the road and slammed into a barrier wall.
The driver and six others were injured in the single-vehicle crash. The passengers included two adults and four children, ranging from 3 to 16 years old.
Six people were taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. They included the 14-year-old driver, Amanda Teresa Rossiter, 32, Louis Gabino Serrano Soto, 34, and three other children.
A 16-year-old from Tampa had minor injuries.
The kids involved are OK and have been discharged. The adults, however, in serious condition.
Parts of I-4 were shut down for several hours. So, why was a 14-year-old behind the wheel? His aunt, Aimee Rossiter, told WFTS-TV they were teaching him how to drive.
"I feel nervous. I feel scared," she said of her family in the hospital.