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16-year-old dead, two injured in crash near Atlantic Coast High School
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16-year-old dead, two injured in crash near Atlantic Coast High School

16-year-old dead, two injured in crash near Atlantic Coast High School
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One dead, two injured in crash near Atlantic Coast HS.

16-year-old dead, two injured in crash near Atlantic Coast High School

A 16-year-old lost his life in a single car crash near Atlantic Coast High School. 

Just before 9pm Thursday we learned the car slid off the road and struck a tree on RG Skinner Parkway near Baymeadows. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has identifed the driver as 16-year-old Derek George. He died on scene. 

Two passengers were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.  The ages and identities have not been released.

JSO says this is an ongoing active investigation. 

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