One teenager was killed and six others injured when the SUV they were in flipped over Friday afternoon.
The accident happened just before 3 p.m. Investigators say a Ford Explorer was driving south on Kings Avenue when it left the roadway and overturned.
One teen was ejected from the SUV; the other teens received minor injuries.
Kings Avenue was closed for several hours while the investigation takes place.
An eyewitness says if you blinked you could have missed it.
"They were fine and then before our eyes it just took, just like that a snap of the finger, and a child is gone," said the witness who saw the whole thing but asked to be unidentified.
Investigators say seven kids, most of them teenagers, were in a Ford Explorer driving down Kings Avenue in Brandon when in an instant those seven lives changed forever.
"The soft shoulder of the road caused the right tire to dig into the it as it tried to get back on the road way unfortunately the vehicle flipped," said Hillsborough County Spokesperson Larry McKinnon.
Seventeen-year-old Tyler Stich was ejected and killed.
"The victim in this case was unrestrained in the middle back seat and was ejected, and unfortunately the vehicle rolled over on top of him and he died here on the scene," McKinnon said.
Nick Bynum says Tyler was a good friend, like a brother.
"Heartbroken, missing him already," Bynum said about how he was doing in the after hearing the news.
Bynum says Tyler was the kind of guy who stayed away from trouble.
"Never got into any bad stuff really, never got into drugs or anything like that, just a good kid," Bynum said.
At this point it's not clear where that SUV was headed or why there were seven young people inside.
"It looked like they went off the side of the road over here and lost traction," the eyewitness said. "It just flipped and flipped and flipped."
Sixteen-year-old Ashley Lototo says she knew the driver of the vehicle and was walking by in the aftermath of the wreck.
"We saw him laying there, I wanted to help but the EMT's were already on scene," said Lototo.
She says what she saw taught her a very valuable lesson.
"He wasn't wearing a seatbelt, that's pretty bad, that's why you need to wear a seatbelt," she said.
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