IMMOKALEE, Fla. - Three people are dead and another is in critical condition after a late night, single-vehicle crash in Immokalee. It happened around 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, at the intersection of Immokalee Road and Camp Keais Road.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver, Jacob Garibay, and passengers, Joseph Daguerre Jr. and Gerardo Ruiz, were pronounced dead on scene. All three were 17 years old. Another passenger, 16-year-old Lamorris Hall, remains in serious condition at Lee Memorial Hospital.
All of the victims were Immokalee High School students, except for Garibay, who was a student at Beacon High School, according to Collier County Schools. The crisis team was dispatched to Immokalee High School this morning to assist school counselors, as they provide support to students and staff throughout the day.
The principal of Immokalee High School said there have been 14 deaths in the last year.
Troopers also said that Garibay and Ruiz were not wearing seatbelts. Collier deputies on scene said the victims were coming from a Halloween party.
The Collier County School District has issued the following statement on the accident:
"We are deeply saddened by the deaths of three of our students and are committed to supporting the boys' families, friends, and the entire
Immokalee community. The crisis team, composed of district psychologists, assisted school counselors to work with students and staff today and will be available Monday and as needed as everyone continues to grieve and works to move forward. A tragedy such as this affects the entire community - not just one school. Immokalee is a well-knit community, pulling together to support one another in times of need. Immokalee schools have been in contact with the families, offering support and help in any way possible. Because there are younger siblings and other family members throughout the Immokalee community, the District has been in constant contact with all of the Immokalee schools to make sure we are addressing their needs. Additionally, principals and staff from all the Immokalee schools have been reaching out and offering their support to the high school. Immokalee High School has received such a tremendous amount of support, love, and guidance - and for that we are truly grateful. Tonight's football game will continue as planned. Football players have decided to dedicate the game to the young men - their friends. There will be a moment of silence at the game tonight, and while there will be some sort of memorial next week, details are not yet confirmed. It is so unfortunate that the Immokalee community has had to work through so many tragedies. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families."