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Police say speed was the biggest factor in a car crash that killed 17-year-old Pierino Yohanes Halley who was a student at Centennial High School.

Halley was killed when the car he was a passenger in slammed into a light pole and trees Tuesday night near Centennial Center Blvd. and Ann Road. Along that particular stretch of road, there are no stop lights and people say it is common for drivers to exceed the speed limit.

"It says 35 and people usually go 50 or 55 because there are never any cops over here to pull them over so they think it is just an open street," said Brittany Tarricone, teen driver. "I see people speed through here all the time," said Logan Pankhurst, teen driver.

Police say speed caused the crash that killed Halley and sent the driver, another 17-year-old, to the hospital.

"They need to do something about it because I'm pretty sure, I know that a couple of other teenagers got into some accidents over here before this one," said Marquez Mitchell, teen driver.

Students say, even with this deadly accident, they doubt teens will slow down.

"They are just going to keep driving that way," Tarricone said.

"Kids that age, they think that they are invincible and they do not listen. I have teens, I know," said Russine Zellner, parent.

Zellner owns a business along Centennial Center Blvd. and says the road needs to be changed to prevent more accidents.

"They need to do something. I know it is not the first accident," she said. 

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