South Florida Student, Teacher Die in SUV Rollover

According to the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office, a student and teacher from South Florida Christian Preparatory Academy died after the driver of their SUV apparently fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of the vehicle.

Elizabeth Codie Lewis, 17, died at North Broward Medical Center three days after the car crash, which occurred on their return from a class trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. Her teacher, Gerald Jerome Oliphant, 27, died on Sunday, and six of her classmates were injured in the motor vehicle accident.

Officials from the Florida Highway Patrol said that none of the passengers were wearing seatbelts. Five people were ejected onto the Coconut Creek Parkway exit when the SUV crashed. Six students ranging in age from 17 to 20 are still hospitalized at Broward General Medical Center, and their conditions are unknown.

Student, 17, dies; 6 others still hospitalized in SUV rollover that killed teacher, South Florida Sun Sentinel, May 6, 2009
Contact David J. Halberg, a South Florida injury lawyer, if you have been injured on the road.