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Florida teenagers arrested after drag racing at 120mph caused death of 16-year-old passenger 

Two Florida teens arrested for drag racing cars traveling at speeds of 75mph before crashing while 16-year-old passenger is thrown from vehicle and dies

  • Payton Fordyce, 16, died after Austin Lewis, 17, fled to avoid hitting a passing vehicle while under the influence
  • The car hit a concrete culvert, causing the car carrying both Lewis and Fordyce to flip over several times, police said.
  • Lewis is charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter while Trenker, who was only driving the opposite car, is charged with vehicular manslaughter
  • Police say Lewis and Trenker reached speeds of over 120 miles per hour while racing down Adamo Drive near 50th Street in Tampa
  • Investigators say Lewis’ blood alcohol level was 0.08 at the time of his arrest

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Two Florida teens are arrested for drag racing cars traveling at 120 miles per hour before a 16-year-old passenger is thrown from the vehicle and dies.

Austin Lewis, 17, and Kristopher Trenker, 19, were racing down Adamo Drive near 50th Street in Tampa when Lewis swerved to avoid a passing vehicle.

Payton Fordyce, 16, was in the back seat of Lewis’s car when it hit a concrete culvert, causing the vehicle to roll over several times. Fox news report.

As the car continued to overturn, Fordyce, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially thrown from the vehicle, police said. He died on the spot from his injuries.

After being arrested with a blood alcohol level of 0.08, Lewis was charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter.

Austin Lewis, 17, is charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular murder

Kristopher Trenker, 19, is charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with a suspended or revoked license

Kristopher Trenker, 19, is charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with a suspended or revoked license

Austin Lewis (left), 17, and Kristopher Trenker (right), 19, raced down a Tampa street, reaching speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, according to police

Payton Fordyce, 16, was in the back of Lewis's car when he swerved to hit an incoming vehicle, causing the car to overturn several times and partially eject Fordyce

Payton Fordyce, 16, was in the back of Lewis's car when he swerved to hit an incoming vehicle, causing the car to overturn several times and partially eject Fordyce

Payton Fordyce, 16, was in the back of Lewis’s car when he swerved to hit an incoming vehicle, causing the car to overturn several times and partially eject Fordyce

Trenker, who was driving alone in the opposite vehicle, is charged with manslaughter, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Fordyce’s mother, Brittany Bunnell, expressed her pain when the family lost its youngest child and only son.

“I just want everyone and these kids to know it’s not okay,” Bunnell told Fox 13.

“When you’re driving with someone else’s life in your hands, that has to be taken seriously, and this was just so pointless.

“He was the man of our family. We don’t have anyone else now. He was the only one, so it’s just kind of devastating that he was the only boy we had and he was taken away from us.”

He is survived by two older sisters and his mother, Bunnell.

Fordyce's mother, Brittany Bunnell (right), expressed her pain when her family lost their youngest child and only son

Fordyce's mother, Brittany Bunnell (right), expressed her pain when her family lost their youngest child and only son

Fordyce’s mother, Brittany Bunnell (right), expressed her pain when her family lost their youngest child and only son

Lexus Fordyce (left), one of Payton's two older sisters, took to Facebook to commemorate her youngest brother

Lexus Fordyce (left), one of Payton's two older sisters, took to Facebook to commemorate her youngest brother

Lexus Fordyce (left), one of Payton’s two older sisters, took to Facebook to commemorate her youngest brother

Bunnell spoke out against the dangers of street racing and drink-driving after the death of her son

Bunnell spoke out against the dangers of street racing and drink-driving after the death of her son

Bunnell spoke out against the dangers of street racing and drink-driving after the death of her son

A precedent was set by a Tampa judge in 2018 after a similar crash in a drag race killed a mother and her child, sentenced a teen to 24 years in prison.

Bunnell spoke out against the dangers of street racing and drink driving after the death of her son.

“It’s a very pointless act, and these kids should understand the seriousness of racing and speeding without a seat belt,” she said.

“Even my son didn’t have a seat belt and I don’t understand why not.”

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