FORT PIERCE -- School is out for the day at Lincoln Park Academy, but while it was in session Wednesday, students were quiet, somber, reflective.
"Everybody, the whole school was silent during the changing of classes, nobody was talking," said freshman Summer Pace, 15. "Most kids knew the three kids that were in the car accident, and nobody could believe it."
In critical condition at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute is Christian Enrique Medina, 16 of Port St. Lucie, who was driving the Pontiac sedan when it ran off Orange Avenue just after 7 a.m., striking a fence and a utility pole, law enforcement officials said.
Passengers Peter Thomas Green and Timothy Aaron Green, twin 15-year-old brothers of Port St. Lucie, are in serious condition, according to Florida Highway Patrol troopers.
The three are on the school's baseball team.
Pace said around 11 a.m. her friends got alerts on their phones and calls from parents.
"There were rumors going around about different things that happened to each kid but nobody really knew exactly what happened," Pace said.
She said teachers indicated they shouldn't talk about the situation, noting a crisis team was at the school.
Janice Karst, St. Lucie County School District spokeswoman, said a crisis team had been sent to Lincoln Park Academy, to be available to students.
Pace showed a letter she was given indicating three LPA students were involved in a crash. The letter was addressed to parents and signed by Principal Pamela Dampier.
Dampier was at the hospital in the morning after the teens where brought there by ambulance.
"My friend told me this morning when she got to school that she saw a car crash and that her mom called and it looked like students and she recognized them," Pace said.