Britney Lee Poindexter, 17, (left) and Santia Myriah Feketa, 18, were killed in car crash Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in western St. Lucie County.
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ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — Walter Roney, the 99-year-old man driving during a crash that killed two teenagers in Florida, recently passed a driving test despite a reported concern about his ability to drive.

Roney, of Dearborn, Mich., was tested after the Michigan Secretary of State's office was contacted by a person in September 2017. That person said Roney could no longer drive safely because of medical reasons, said Fred Woodhams, spokesman for the office.

But on Jan. 8, Roney passed a vision test, a written driving test and a road test in a car, Woodhams said. Roney also brought in two statements from medical professionals that were "favorable."

Roney was driving an RV during this week’s crash. A special license is not required to drive a RV.

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Woodhams said Roney had no previous violations or crashes on his driving record. 

Law-enforcement authorities said Roney was behind the wheel at about 6:53 p.m. Tuesday when his RV, which he was driving on the wrong side of the road, struck a pickup truck in St. Lucie County.

Santia Feketa, 18, and Britney Poindexter, 17, who both died in the crash, were described as best friends by many who knew them.

Roney and passenger Carolyn Elizabeth-Evans Bruns, 75, of Brighton, Mich., were taken to a medical center in critical condition. Roney is still critical and Bruns has spoken to Florida Highway Patrol officials about the crash.

Highway Patrol officials said the headlights on the RV may not have been functioning, and the teens may not have seen the RV coming. 

Bruns could not remember whether the lights were functioning at the time but said the RV had been experiencing electrical issues, Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Al Feola said.

Investigators have not been able to speak with Roney yet because of his injuries, Feola said. 

Feola said, so far in the investigation, it appears there will be no criminal charges.

"I know it sounds crazy when you have two people dying, but that's the way the law is," he said.

He said it isn't a criminal infraction to drive without headlights or to drive on the wrong side of the road. 

Investigators are awaiting the results of Roney's toxicology exam, but Feola said it appears drugs and alcohol were not a factor in the crash. 

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