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5 teens killed after crashing into lake on Top Golf Way in Fort Myers

Five teens killed in crash
Posted at 11:30 AM, Jun 26, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fort Myers Police (FMPD) says five teens died in a single-vehicle crash sometime after 10 p.m. on Sunday night.

Investigators say two females and three males between the ages of 18 and 19 years old were in the car when it crashed into a lake off of Top Golf Way in Fort Myers.

The victims have been identified as Amanda Ferguson, Breanna Coleman, Eric Paul, Jackson Eyre and Jesus Salinas.

FMPD confirmed four of the five victims worked at a Texas Roadhouse, located off Six Mile Cypress and Challenger Boulevard. Salinas was not an employee of the restaurant.

Alan Hansen, a market partner at SWFL Texas Roadhouses, said those four employees were loved like family and will be missed dearly.

"We’ve got people all over the state of Florida, all over the country, reaching out," said Hansen. "Just a huge part of our family and a chunk of our hearts are missing."

The restaurant closed Monday to the public but opened up for friends and family to grieve the loss of the victims.

The vehicle was removed from the lake and the crash is still under investigation.

FMPD and Lee County Sheriff’s Office deputies both responded to the scene.

No word on what caused the crash at this time.