A car accident occurred in west-central Florida early Sunday morning. The vehicle was stolen and occupied by three teenagers. Only one teen survived the crash that was described as violent.
According to reports, a Chrysler Sebring and a Ford Explorer were stolen from a dealership in Clearwater on Thursday. Deputies in Pinellas County spotted both vehicles early Sunday morning. Deputies attempted to apprehend the drivers of the vehicles but were unable to do so. The deputies did not initiate a chase.
Deputies report that the two vehicles were playing a game with each other, speeding up and slowing down. At some points, the cars hit speeds in excess of 100 mph. Even though the deputies did not give chase, the Explorer did speed up, ending up hitting another vehicle and going airborne after catching fire. The Explorer then hit a billboard pole.
Deputies report that each teen involved in the vehicle theft has a criminal record with juvenile court. Just two years ago, deputies and police made 499 felony arrests for juvenile auto theft. It is a problem that needs to stop, say law enforcement officials. It is a decision that could have deadly consequences, not only for the perpetrators, but for innocent bystanders and drivers as well.
If you have been injured in a car accident in West Palm Beach or the surrounding area, you have legal rights to compensation for injuries, lost wages and more. Call our office today to schedule your appointment for a free case evaluation. We will help you determine your next steps.