Two College Students Die in Deadly Spring Break Car Crash

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Two young women who were on their way back from spring break in Florida were killed in a deadly car crash as they drove to Ohio with two of their classmates.

Brittney Gallagher and Courtney Miller, both 21, died at the scene after Gallagher lost control of the car and spun across the road in the Florida panhandle.

Diana Mitchell and Lauren Kane, both 22, were with them in the car and are both critically injured.

The incident happened on Saturday morning as they made their way back to Ohio, where they attended OSU.

They were in a four-door Dodge when it crossed the central reservation. Gallagher tried to steer the car back into her lane, but seemed to have overcorrected and it spun out of control, going back into the opposite lane where it hit a truck going the other way.

The truck nearly cut the car in half.

Gallagher was a lacrosse player and graduate of Lake Catholic High School in Mentor. She lived in Willoughby, Ohio and majored in consumer and family financial services.

Miller was a former cheerleader at Niles McKinley High School and was on the dean’s list at OSU. She was majoring in education.

Parents Robert and Lisa Miller said she was hoping to become a teacher or school administrator.

“She was very happy, outgoing and loving - she was a joy to be around,” Robert said.

She leaves behind an older sister, Lauren, and younger sister, Gabriella. Her father said she was “very proud to be an OSU student.”

Robert McDermott, a family friend and funeral home owner, is planning Miller’s funeral. He said, “Anyone was proud to have her as a friend. She was a beautiful, bright, and intelligent young lady.”

Diana Mitchell is majoring in health sciences and pre-physical therapy, while Lauren Kane is majoring in biology.

They are both at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla. where they are listed in critical condition.

Kelly Porter, 26, was the driver of the truck that crashed into their car. He was with four other passengers. All in the truck were from Oklahoma and are now at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Panama City for treatment.

Porter and three passengers are seriously injured, and one passenger is being treated for minor injuries.

Officials said the women were wearing seatbelts and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

(DailyMail, WHNT)