Teen dies, two critically injured in stolen Maserati wreck, authorities say
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Gray News) - One teen is dead and two others were hospitalized after a series of vehicle burglaries lead to a fatal accident in St. Petersburg, Florida.
On Sunday, around 3:20 a.m. Pinellas County deputies responded to an area in unincorporated St. Petersburg in reference to a vehicle burglary in progress.
The sheriff’s office’s K9 Unit, Flight Unit and patrol deputies also responded to assist in locating any suspects.
Deputies managed to take one subject into custody shortly after arriving on the scene.
Deputies said three more unrelated suspects were seen by the flight unit helicopter attempting to break into vehicles. The suspects approached a 2016 Silver Maserati that was parked in a driveway nearby.
Deputies said one of the suspects, identified as a 15-year-old, used a T-shirt to open the vehicle door of the Maserati, which was unlocked and the keys were inside.
The other two suspects, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old, also got into the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene with no car headlights on.
Patrol deputies on the ground attempted to stop the vehicle; however, deputies said the vehicle accelerated and reached a speed of over 80 mph.
Deputies did not pursue the vehicle.
Deputies said the 15-year-old driving the vehicle lost control, drove over a curb, hit a business sign and the vehicle flipped. Responding deputies immediately rendered aid to the suspects.
Deputies said the 15-year-old suspect driving the vehicle sustained critical injuries, and the 16-year-old suspect sustained life-threatening injuries. Both were taken to the hospital.
The second 15-year-old suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incident.
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