It started out as a “late night joy ride” and ended with two dead and five others injured. The accident that has Broward County grieving involved seven children in total, all of which were between the ages of 12-14.
It was during the early morning hours of April 15tharound 3:00 a.m. when Anacshia Johnson, 13, Chayanna Nesmith, 12, Teeanna Nesmith, 13, Timnazia McDougle, 12, Ashanti Johnson, 12, Tatiana McKinly, 13, and Elijah Wilson, 14, were all driving around the Pompano Beach area in a stolen vehicle. According to authorities, it was a 2007 Toyota Camry that had been taken from an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Hillsboro Boulevard, Coconut Creek and it was the second time in two weeks that the vehicle had been stolen from the owner’s driveway.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Wilson was driving the Camry when he lost control of the vehicle. The car hit a palm tree and a pole, rolled, and then came to a rest on its roof in the 1200 block of Northwest 15thStreet, west of Interstate 95 and north of East Atlantic Boulevard. It took 10 fire rescue workers with special tools to cut the teens out, and unfortunately, one didn’t survive as a result of the initial impact. Anacshia Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene and Chayanna Nesmith died at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
The five others involved in the crash all suffered traumatic injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. One of the teens had suffered from such severe injuries that she had to be flown to the hospital by helicopter.
The grandmother of 14-year-old Elijah Wilson spoke out on the matter, disputing that her grandson was, in fact, behind the wheel of the stolen vehicle. Anisa Smith, Wilson’s grandmother, said that her grandson told her that one of the girls had been driving the car and that an investigation is needed to prove who was actually driving the vehicle at the time of the fatal accident. She also stated that her grandson was “coming along fine” and that she has “sympathy” for the families of the others that were injured as she knows them personally. However, she also said she doesn’t want any “fighting or bickering.”
Debra LeSane, who is the grandmother of the Nesmith sisters, also spoke to the news source and said that Teenanna was scheduled to be discharged from the hospital. Her physical condition was progressing, however, “the realization that her younger sister had died was still taking hold.” The two were said to be inseparable, doing everything together and spending a great deal of time together. LeSane said that the two sisters were sitting next to each other before the crash and that they “did not know where they were before they got into the car or other details from that night.”
It is expected that the teens who did survive will likely need therapy to help restore their physical conditions to the way they were prior to the accident.
We see and hear about many types of accidents occurring on South Florida roadways each and every day and it is tragic when a life is taken or someone sustains an injury as a result.
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