Fla. Police Investigate Fiery Fatal Crash

Authorities with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said a sport utility vehicle rolled over and burst into flames. Two people were killed in the crash.


DEBARY, Fla. --

A fiery crash turned deadly on a Volusia County roadway on Tuesday.

The crash happened at about 11 a.m. along Fort Florida Road in DeBary.

Authorities with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said a sport utility vehicle rolled over and burst into flames. Two people were killed in the crash.

The SUV landed on its side after rolling at least once and erupting into flames, police said.

The driver, 18-year-old Joshua Ritter, survived, along with two others: Ryan Jenkins, 17, and Kenyanna Hawkins, 18, all of DeBary.

Two young men died, police said. Chris Canfora was among the first at the scene.

"One of the (ambulance) crews were helping one person in a ditch, which I ended up having to help them out real quick," Canfora said. "A few other patients were walking around that were also injured."

Investigators placed a number of evidence markers leading to the crashed vehicle. A high-tech mapping system will help them learn the exact trajectory of the SUV before the crash and whether the vehicle was speeding or being driven recklessly.

Sheriff Ben Johnson said he already knows horseplay was involved.

"We do know it was aggressive driving," Johnson said. "It was reported to us at least two of them were riding on the exterior of the vehicle, possibly one on the running board and one on the back bumper."

Ritter is being treated at Halifax Medical Center. Jenkins is being treated at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, and Hawkins is being treated at Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford.

The other two victims have not been positively identified. A Medical Examiner will perform the autopsies Wednesday morning.

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