2 girls dead, 5 hurt after stolen car crashes in Pompano Beach

7 children ages 12-14 were in car when it flipped over, authorities say

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Two girls were killed and another five young people were seriously hurt in a car crash early Sunday in Pompano Beach, authorities said.

One of the girls who died was identified as 12-year-old Chayanna Nesmith, her grandmother, Debra Lesane said. Her 13-year-old sister, Teeanna  Nesmith, was also hurt in the crash.

Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward County Sheriff's Office, said the youths were riding in a stolen car around 3 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to flip over and land on the CSX railroad tracks near the 1000 block of Northwest 15th Street.

Chayanna Nesmith

Concepcion said the people inside the car ranged in age from 12 to 14 years old.

One of the girls was pronounced dead at the scene. Another girl was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, where she later died. 

The five young people who were hurt were also transported to Broward Health. Their conditions were not disclosed. 

Local 10's Samantha Bryant talked to family members outside Broward Health Sunday afternoon. Relatives said some of the young people were dropped off at a movie theater Saturday night and they didn't know why the youths were in the car at the time of the crash.

Teeanna Nesmith

After the crash, deputies closed down a portion of 15th Street from the 900 block to the 1200 block for several hours. Rail traffic on the CSX tracks was also halted.

"Our prayers and condolences for our families and community grieving this terrible loss," Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie said on Twitter.

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