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Sheriff's office: Florida boy, 14, drove stolen car that crashed, killing 2 and injuring 5

Linda Trischitta and Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel on

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- It was 3 a.m. The car was stolen. The driver was 14. And his six passengers were only 12 and 13.

The seven Pompano Beach kids crammed inside the Toyota Camry found themselves trapped when the car flipped and landed upside down on railroad tracks. It would take 10 firefighters with special tools to cut them out.

Two girls died -- one at the scene; another one at the hospital. Four suffered traumatic injuries. One had to be flown to the hospital by helicopter.

Authorities Monday identified the boy and six girls who departed on the fatal joyride that ended with the Camry crinkled and on its roof on Northwest 15th Street, west of Interstate 95 and north of East Atlantic Boulevard.

Anacshia Johnson, 13, died at the scene and Chayanna Nesmith, 12, died at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said.

Chayanna's sister, Teeanna Nesmith, 13, was hospitalized with a dislocated shoulder. The others were: Timnazia McDougle, 12; Ashanti Johnson, 12, Tatiana McKinly, 13 and Elijah Wilson, 14.

Wilson, a student at Pompano Beach Middle School, was the driver of the 2007 silver sedan when he lost control, hit a palm tree and a pole, rolled and came to a rest on its roof on the tracks, Concepcion said.

His grandmother, Anisa Smith, disputed that.

"We'll need an investigation into that," Smith said Monday. "He told us he wasn't driving and that a girl was driving."

She said her grandson was "coming along fine" in the hospital.


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