Shortly after 8:30 a.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Dick Johnson Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare were dispatched to an area on County Road 950 North between CR 200 West and Kennedy Crossing Road.
According to Deputy Jonathan Chadd, Zachary D. Goodman, 17, and passenger Tommy J. Anderson II, 17, admitted to being in a hurry.
"They said they didn't want to be late for school," Chadd said.
Goodman told officials he swerved to avoid a pothole, overcorrected and then lost control of his vehicle, which left the road, traveling approximately 70 feet before striking a tree head on.
Goodman was wearing a seatbelt, but Anderson apparently wasn't because he was ejected through the windshield. Both were transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for undisclosed injuries.
During the accident investigation officials determined that road conditions and speed were potential factors in the accident. Officials confirmed they measured more than 140-feet of skid marks on the roadway.
"Teenagers just don't think anything bad will happen to them," Chadd said, adding that teen drivers need to be aware of driving safety. "Parents should talk to their teens about driving habits. It's better to arrive alive and a little late then the possible alternative."