Teens in Top Golf Way crash drowned, vehicle was 50 miles over speed limit, police say

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The five teenagers that died in a crash on Top Golf Way were speeding before the crash, driving approximately 70 to 75 mph in a 25 mph zone.

According to the Fort Myers Police Department, three of the teenagers sustained blunt force trauma injuries from the crash, although all five died from drowning.

Captain Shawn Yates of Fort Myers Police offered his condolences to the five families impacted by the Top Golf crash at a news conference Friday.

Jesus Salinas, 19, was the driver and the owner of the 2021 Kia Forte that crashed.

The toxicology report remains pending.

“The amount of messages. Text messages, Facebook messages, Instagram messages, TikTok… it’s just crazy. People that Amanda went to school with, elementary school, teachers from elementary school, teachers from middle school, customers, people that she went to school with,” Elizabeth Ferguson recalled. Ferguson is Amanda’s mother.

Eric Paul’s father spoke about his son at Texas Roadhouse’s vigil Thursday.

“Just a beautiful kid. Just a beautiful person. Just a beautiful heart. I just can’t believe that he’s gone. I just can’t freaking believe that he’s gone. ‘Where do you go?’ you say to yourself, ‘Where do they go?’ Ya know where did they go? They just died and you don’t see them again,” Eric’s father said.

Ferguson told WINK News that Amanda always wanted to be TikTok famous. Since she didn’t make her dream a reality, Ferguson wants to do it for her.

Ferguson already got a thousand new followers Wednesday night.

WINK News reached out to the other four families who are in mourning. Jesus Salinas’ family has answered.

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