MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - A car went airborne early Sunday and hit a tree, killing seven teenagers, police said.
Officers quoted friends of the driver, Michael Fradella, 15, as saying he had recently obtained his learner's permit to drive.
Steve Shular, spokesman for the Shelby County sheriff's department, told The Commercial Appeal that investigators believe the westbound car was traveling at high speed and went airborne after topping a small hill.
A motorist came upon the wreckage at 2:30 a.m. CST. All died at the scene.
The black Mazda Protege left no skid marks and went off the south side of a two-lane road.
Other victims were identified as Samantha Stawizynski, 15; Trey Hanna, 15; Lauren Sutherland, 15; Jessica Wallace, 13; Crystal Smith, 13; and Eric Sansone, 14.
All were students at Millington Middle School.