PALM HARBOR : Three young boys of 14 and 16-years lost their lives while driving a stolen SUV in Palm Harbor at more than 100 miles per hour. The three kids, along with a fourteen year old boy who thankfully survived the crash, were involved in a cat and mouse car chase with another stolen SUV on Tampa Road in the city.
Their SUV, a black Ford Explorer, hit another vehicle, tumbled in the air and caught fire. The three kids reportedly died on the spot, while the fourteen year old survivor is fighting for his life in a hospital.
The three teenagers have been identified as 14-year old Jimmie Goshey, 16-year old Dejarae Thomas and another 16 year old boy Keontae Brown. Officials have said that the four boys, along with the two other teens who were arrested from the other stolen vehicle were involved in many criminal cases.
The death of the three boys has caused extreme response from public. Many people, who never came across the four kids who were traveling in the black Ford Explorer, have called it good riddance and said the world was better off without them, but their relatives and many others are grieving their death.
Reports suggest that Jimmie Goshey Jr’s mother Renee Barker is still inconsolable due to the death of her loving son.
In a Facebook post, Jimmie Goshey’s mother wrote, “This morning God called one of his Angels home with him. My 14 yrs son Jimmie Goshey Jr. was killed in real bad car accident this morning. I guess God needed Lil Jimmie more than me n Jimmie Sr. So please all my family n friends keep me, my hubby Jimmie Sr. & Goshey family in prayers. Thank you all advance all my family and friends for all your prayers and support…I am still in shock n disbelief can’t believe my baby boy gone”.
Dani Days, who seems to be the maternal uncle of Dejarae Thomas, who lost his life in the accident, says, “To sit next to my big sis and hear that detective tell my sister that her son was deceased ill never forget this day. 8/6/17 ill never forget my NEPHEW GOT HIS WINGS ???FLY HIGH BABY BOI”.
Many people have sympathized with the parents and the families whose kids lost their lives. Darlene Mortellaro Lesko while writing on Facebook said, “I’ve read a lot of the comments here. I know these kids were criminals. However they were just that kids that make mistakes. They are not old enough to realize the consequences of their actions. My heart goes out to their families. I would like to blame the families too because these children could have hurt someone. But Sometimes there is nothing parents can do to help their children”.
Pinellas County Sheriff, Bob Gualtieri, while detailing the incident said that it happened very early in the morning, 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.”
While talking about the sequence of events, 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. Thankfully, the man whose car was hit by the teens, survived with minor injuries. He has been identified as Ricky Melendez.