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Teen killed in Bradford County crash, troopers say

Crash happened at U.S. Highway 301, West Weldon Street

BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. – A teenager is dead after a crash Friday night in Bradford County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 10:55 p.m. at U.S. Highway 301 and West Weldon Street.

Troopers said a Dodge Ram was heading east on West Weldon Street in the city limits of Starke as a Chevrolet van was heading north on U.S. Highway 301.

After stopping at the intersection of West Weldon Street and U.S. Highway 301, the driver of the Dodge attempted to cross the north and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 301, but was unsuccessful, trooper said. The driver of the truck pulled into the path of the northbound van and was struck on the passenger side.

Troopers said that upon impact with the van, Steve Green, who was riding unrestrained in the bed of the pickup truck, was ejected and killed.

Green, 17, was a senior at Bradford High School, and his funeral will be held in the school's auditorium at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The driver and other passengers of the truck suffered minor injuries, according to the FHP's report. The driver and passengers in the van were uninjured.

Troopers said charges were pending the investigating.

A GoFundMe has been set up to cover the burial cost for Green's family.

In a condolence message on the Bradford County schools Facebook page said Green grew up in the district and "will be deeply missed by many."

"It is so difficult to say goodbye to someone so young. 'Goodbyes hurt the most when the story was not finished,'" the post read. "Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends."