3 dead after car crashes into retention pond in Coconut Creek

Coral Springs couple, 16-year-old boy pronounced dead at hospital

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. – Three people, including a teenage boy, are dead after a car crashed into a retention pond along the Sawgrass Expressway and the northbound entrance ramp to Florida's Turnpike.

Just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue received a call about a car submerged in water.

Rescuers first attempted to rescue the three people inside the silver Honda, but divers were needed to remove the victims from the submerged vehicle. 

Divers from Coral Springs-Parkland and Margate-Coconut Creek fire departments assisted what BSO Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane described as an "aggressive search."

"It appeared that once the vehicle exited onto the ramp to go (south on the) turnpike, the driver lost control and ended up going into the large body of water," Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Vernon Slater said.

The driver, Boby Matthew, 47, and passenger, Dolly Matthew, 41, both of Coral Springs, were pronounced dead at Broward Health North. Steve Manoj, 16, of Coral Springs, also died at the hospital.

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