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Jaguar going 100 mph crashes into Florida animal clinic, teen driver injured

A teenager driving his “papa’s” Jaguar at an estimated 100 mph was seriously injured after he crashed into an SUV and flipped over onto the side of a Florida animal clinic, according to a report.

The 18-year-old man was bleeding profusely and kept repeating, “my papa’s car,” when he was pulled from the wreckage Monday by workers from a nearly car rental business, a witness told the Daily Commercial.

The high-speed accident took place at around 6:25 p.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and US Highway 441 in Leesburg.

The Jaguar was zooming when it struck a Cadillac Escalade, leaving a cloud of debris in its wake, as seen on surveillance video. The impact caused the luxury vehicle to overturn, coming to rest on its end against the Northgate Animal Clinic — with one of its wheels embedded in the wall.

No one was inside the veterinary business at the time of the accident, but the crash disrupted its phone and internet service.

Cadillac Escalade that was struck
A witness said the Jaguar initially struck this Cadillac Escalade with two people inside.
Frank Stanfield / Correspondent
The scene of the wreck at Northgate Animal Clinic
The speeding Jaguar eventually came to rest against the side of the Northgate Animal Clinic.
Frank Stanfield / Correspondent

Ken Hutcheson, the owner of Champions rentals who pulled the driver to safety, described him to the Daily Commercial as an 18-year-old Spanish-speaker who suggested that the pricey ride belonged to his dad.

Hutcheson recalled that he did not smell alcohol on the young man, but he claimed the driver was not wearing a seatbelt when he got him out of the mangled car.

The teen was later airlifted to Ocala Regional Medical Center. His condition was unknown as of Wednesday.

The scene of the wreck
The 18-year-old driver was quoted as repeating, “my papa’s car,” after he was pulled from the wreckage.
Frank Stanfield / Correspondent

According to the good Samaritan, the occupants of the Cadillac damaged in the initial collision did not appear hurt, but the car’s air bags deployed.

The Post reached out to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for a comment concerning possible charges in the case.

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