Student Loses Control of Car – Dies

Marcus lost control of his car and crashed into a tree.  There are no extenuating circumstances.  He was an athlete.  He was leaving the dentist.  I sure hope they have considered sudden cardiac arrest.

Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.

NORTH PORT – Now, the sadness and mourning have come to North Port High School.

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Marcus Alan Freeman, 16

Students showed up early to school Wednesday to seek counseling and solace as they grieve for 16-year-old Marcus Freeman, who died in a car wreck on Interstate 75 about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

On Tuesday night, more than 300 people gathered at the football field at North Port High to share their grief.

Freeman lost control of his truck on Interstate 75 near the Toledo Blade Boulevard exit Tuesday, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The truck smashed into a roadside tree. Freeman was pronounced dead at the scene, while his passenger and girlfriend, Carley O’Boyle, 16, was injured. She was released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

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