Teen dies in SUV rollover

Two other teens, including the 17-year-old driver, are hurt in the Wesley Chapel crash.

By Times Staff Writer
Published August 30, 2007

WESLEY CHAPEL - A 17-year-old student from Wesley Chapel High died Wednesday after a red Isuzu Trooper he was riding in rolled over on Curley Road near Pine Top Way in Wesley Chapel.

Matthew Laidley died at about 4 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after being airlifted from the accident scene, said Trooper Larry E. Coggins, the Florida Highway Patrol spokesman.

The accident happened at about 2:05 p.m. Coggins said the SUV was driven south on Curley Road by 17-year-old Adam Sanford, with Laidley and Katelin Kasier as passengers. Coggins said Sanford passed other cars by using a turn lane and then the shoulder. When he attempted to get back on the road, Coggins said he lost control and the Trooper rolled over.

It appeared everyone in the SUV was hurt, said witness Felix Carreras, who was on his way to pick up his own son from work. Many motorists pulled over and tried to help, Carreras among them.

"We knew it was going to be terrible," Carreras said. "They looked really bad."

Coggins said Sanford and Kaiser were conscious and talking to each other when authorities first arrived.

The wreck forced authorities to close parts of State Road 54 and Curley Road for several hours. Three helicopters were called in to evacuate the injured teens. Sanford and Kaiser were flown to the Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

"I have a son about the same age," Carreras said. "This is really sad. My heart and my prayers go out to their families."