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SFSC softball pitcher killed in two-car crash in Plant City

PLANT CITY - A South Florida State College student and softball player were among those killed in a deadly two-car crash in Plant City Friday morning.

Neither of the drivers had valid driver's licenses, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, stated a WFLA story.

Lauren Phillips, who was killed in the crash, was a student at SFSC in Avon Park. Phillips was a pitcher on the school's softball team and wanted to continue playing at the University of South Florida.

All four occupants in the two cars were killed in the crash. Investigators say no one was wearing seatbelts. The crash happened around 12:16 a.m. on State Road 60 and Smith Ryals Road in south Plant City.

Investigators say Rolando Silva, 31, was driving east on SR 60 in a BMW at about 100 miles per hour when he lost control of the car, went into the westbound lane and hit a Cadillac head-on.

There were three people in the Cadillac; driver Joseph Allie Vizcarrondo, 26, Phillips, 19, both of Valrico, and Jenna Dawn Kelly, 25, of Sun City Center.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office website, the driver of the BMW, Rolando Silva, has an arrest record for possession of controlled substance, driving with a suspended license and other charges. He only had an ID card on him at the time of the crash. His driver's license had been revoked, FHP officials said.

The driver of the Cadillac, Joseph Allie Vizcarrondo, was driving with a suspended license, according to FHP. The crash closed westbound lanes on SR 60 for almost five hours.