Authorities say that the three teens who were killed early Sunday morning in a fiery crash in Palm Harbor, Florida were traveling more than 100 mph in a stolen car. According to NBC-2 News, at around 4:30 p.m., officers spotted two stolen cars, a Ford Explorer and a Chrysler Sebring, playing a game of cat-and-mouse on Tampa Road.
When deputies tried to make a traffic stop, the driver of the Explorer purportedly sped off at an exceeding speed of 100 mph. The sheriff stated that as the vehicle was driving through the intersection of US-19 and Tampa Road, it crashed into “an uninvolved gray car driven by 29-year-old Ricky Melendez,” who sustained minor injuries in the Palm Harbor crash.
The impact of the crash sent the Explorer airborne and afterward, slammed into several vehicles at a car dealership before it rolled, flipped into other objects on the road, including a billboard pole.