SEBASTIAN, Fla. (WFLA) — A Florida teen died in a head-on crash a day after he turned 18 and bought a brand new car.
Alexander Frith, 18, was clad in only a t-shirt and was driving an estimated 85 mph when he crashed his new Dodge Charger into a Ford 250 truck after blowing through two stop signs and hitting a pedestrian in his neighborhood, according to a spokesperson for the Sebastian Police Department.
TCPalm.com reports that teen was to inherit money on his 18th birthday. Frith had turned 18 on Feb. 27 and purchased the purple Dodge Charger the same day. “It wasn’t even hardly 12 hours old,” said Sebastian Police Officer Carlin Parker of Frith’s new car.
Parker said that Frith crashed the car at 7:56 a.m. on Sunday. The teen backed his new car out of his driveway and drove down his road, hit a curb and then clipped a pedestrian who was out on a daily walk in the neighborhood. Parker said the pedestrian jumped out-of-the-way, but the Charger’s driver side mirror wound up hitting the pedestrian’s arm.
Parker said Frith hit a sign and continued driving and then ran two stop signs before crashing into the Ford F250, less than a mile away from his house. The driver of the truck, Frederick R. Klein, 51, lives nearby. He was injured and airlifted to a hospital where he is now in a coma, according to Parker.
Parker, who worked as a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol for 27 years prior to joining the Sebastian police force, said the crash was similar to one that might happen on a highway and not a neighborhood street.
“It was a bad one, debris was scattered everywhere,” said Parker.
Frith had a party at his home the night before the crash. Parker said the actions of Frith and his condition made detectives think that drugs or alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Detectives searched the home for evidence after serving a search warrant.
Parker said that no one witnessed the crash, but a lot of people heard it.
The Indian River County Medical Examiner told WFLA.com that it could take 6-to-8 weeks until results from Frith’s toxicology tests are received.