PALM HARBOR — Three teenage boys who were driving a stolen SUV at more than 100 miles per hour crashed the vehicle into another vehicle at Tampa Road here in Palm Harbor. Three boys aged 14 to 16 died in the fatal crash, though another 14-year old boy survived the crash. A 29-year old male travelling in his car that was hit by the stolen SUV sustained minor injuries.
The identities of the three teens have been made public. The three have been identified as 14-year old Jimmie Goshey, 16-year old Dejarae Thomas and another 16 year old boy Keontae Brown. All of them have lengthy criminal records.
The teens were reportedly chasing another car, that too recently stolen. But the car they hit was not the car with which they were playing ‘cat and mouse’ game. It was a different car. The stolen car in which boys were travelling was a black Ford Explorer that had been stolen from a Clearwater car dealership merely two days ago. officials claim that the SUV was stolen this past Thursday.
According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the incident happened at around 4:30 a.m. The Sheriff claims that despite their young age, the three teens had “extremely extensive criminal histories,” including several car thefts. He also revealed that some of the boys travelling in the two stolen cars had been released from juvenile homes or prisons as recently as a “couple days ago.”
The other stolen car that was involved in cat and mouse game was recognized as Chrysler Sebring that was stolen on 3 August from a Clearwater car lot. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri called the situation a “game” they played — steal cars, drive at high speed overnight and do it again the next day.
Officials claim that a deputy saw the Explorer around 1 a.m. on SR 580 at Belcher Road as it was on a hot list of stolen vehicles. The deputy reportedly began pursuit but lost sight of it.
If that was not enough, another deputy reportedly saw the Explorer with the stolen Sebring together in the East Lake Woodlands community in Oldsmar. Despite their best efforts, the sheriff’s deputies were unable to locate the vehicle.
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Official accounts claim that the Explorer apparently ran a red light and hit a car, said Gualtieri, which was driven by 29-year-old Ricky Melendez. He is suffering from minor injuries and is expected to be OK. The Explorer then went airborne, hit a billboard and several other cars and fixed objects on the road. It spun out, rolled and burst into flames before coming to a complete stop.
Officials claim that the other car that was involved in this cat and mouse game was apprehended Clearwater and Two males were arrested: 18-year-old Kamal Campbell and 16-year-old Deyon Kaigler.