2 teens killed, 1 injured in Homestead crash

Teens attended Keys Gate Charter School

HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Two high school students were killed Monday, and another was rushed to an area hospital, after a crash in Homestead.

The Mini Cooper crashed into a tree on Southwest 137th Avenue near Campbell Drive.

Police said driver Samir Barrera, 18, and passenger Isaiah West, 17, were ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

A friend told Local 10 News that all three teens were students at Keys Gate Charter School in Homestead.

The father of the sole survivor said his son, Isaac Lipscomb, 17, was injured.

"My son's alive and their sons passed away, and I really feel bad for them," Eddie Lipscomb Jr. told Local 10 News.

Isaac Lipscomb posted a video from his hospital bed Tuesday morning. He let everyone know that he was OK and told concerned friends and classmates not to worry about him.

"I know, later on, it's going to hurt him," friend Wolodymyr "Woody" Pigniet said.

Friends said Barrera had just gotten the car a couple of weeks ago and West's brother told Local 10 News reporter Glenna Milberg that the friends were on their way to go fishing when the crash happened.

"His mom was overprotective about him, so he just got it as a present," Daniel Perez said. 

"They were good kids and everybody knew them as good kids," Helen Ulloa said.

A Keys Gate Charter School representative said school officials "are deeply saddened" by the deaths and said that grief counselors will be at the school Tuesday for students or staff who want to speak with someone.

It has been rough. I understand what people go through now. You never think it'll be you," Lipscomb said. "I don't know the whole situation (and the) circumstances of what happened, but I just know I feel for them."

Police are investigating to determine what factors contributed to the crash.

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