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Parents of dead teen speak

Clifford Sanspree (Source: Lee County Jail) Clifford Sanspree (Source: Lee County Jail)

December 21, 2006

Leesburg -- The parents of a Lee County teenager killed in a car crash November 28th say they know the driver did not mean to kill their son.  

During a preliminary hearing, Judge James Sizemore ordered 21-year old Clifford Sanspree to face charges of vehicular homicide and DUI. Sixteen-year old Guy Tanner was a passenger in Sanspree's truck when Sanspree swerved and crashed at Lovers Lane Road and John's Drive. Tanner was ejected.  

Investigators testified that Sanspree's blood alcohol level was .065 that night. That's normally not high enough to be charged with DUI, but Sanspree can be charged with that crime since he caused a wreck.

Tanner's parents say Sanspree was Guy's friend, and they know he would never have intentionally hurt their son. 

Kathy Tanner said "They worked together. They had known each other several years. Cliff was a friend of ours. And we know it wasn't an intentional act."

Terry Tanner said, "Something good has got to come of this, and I hope it's him. Hope he is the good that comes out of this." 

The Judge lowered Sanspree's bond to $15,000 but late this afternoon he was still in the Lee County Jail.  


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