Teen, 17, dies in crash on Saturday




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Yesenia Ventura, 17, dies in Saturday crash.

Marion County — An Umatilla teen died Saturday when she failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of her vehicle.

The crash happened at approximately 8:50 p.m.

Yesenia Ventura, 17, who was driving a 2000 Saturn, was headed eastbound on County Road 42, Marion County, when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ventura veered from the roadway and onto the eastbound shoulder of Southeast 294 Court Road. She then attempted to re-enter the roadway, but overcorrected her steering.

Ventura’s vehicle rotated across both lanes of CR-42, flipping multiple times. The vehicle collided with approximately 57 feet of wire fencing.

Ventura was partially ejected through the passenger side window.

Troopers said that the vehicle came to rest on its right side and that, Ventura was lying face upward on her back. Her upper body was pinned underneath the car, while the bottom portion of her body remained inside the vehicle.

According to FHP, Ventura was not wearing her seatbelt.

Toxicology reports are still pending.