Broward County Sheriff's officials say seven minors in Pompano stole a car over the weekend, crashed it and flipped it over, killing two girls and sending the rest of the young victims to the hospital.
The crash took place along the 1100 block of Northwest 15th Street on Sunday night.
Family members confirmed 12-year-old Chayanna Nesmith and her friend, known as “Nee Nee,” were both killed.
Authorties say the victims, ranging in age from 12 to 14 years old, were heading westbound along the 1100 block of Northwest 15th Street when the vehicle lost control, veered off the roadway and ended up striking a pole from the railroad tracks.
Officials said the force of the impact caused the car to overturn.
Detectives said one of the victims was killed instantly. Paramedics transported the remaining six occupants to Broward Health Medical Center, where another victim later died.
Officials said the surviving victims sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie took to social media to express their condolences to the victims’ families, tweeting, “Our prayers and condolences for our families and community grieving this terrible loss.”
Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho also addressed the crash, tweeting, “My condolences to the families of these teenagers. An error in judgment as a young person should not lead to this kind of tragedy.”
No charges had been filed as of Sunday evening.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.