PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA– Three teenage girls were found dead inside of a stolen car after it was driven into a pond. The incident occurred on March 31st while the teens were attempting to flee officers. A deputy spotted the car operating without headlights and tried to stop it, when they fled. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says the driver missed a sharp turn near a cemetery and went into the water.
Now newly released dash cam video is raising questions about whether officers stood by and did nothing.
They have been identified as 15-year-old Laniya Miller, 15-year-old Ashaunti Butler and 16-year-old Dominique Battle.
According to the Grio, Gualtiero said the officers removed their gun belts and waded into the water to save the girls. But in the video one deputy can be heard saying, “I hear them yelling, I think.”
“They’re done. They are 6-7, dude,” says another.
“They were yelling,” a deputy says. “I thought I heard yelling.”
The deputy then replies, “But now, they’re done. They’re done.”
Officials say the girls had a history of stealing cars before stating that the officers could not have reached the drowning teens. It is unknown who was driving at the time of the incident.
Some are saying the car was like a death chamber due to the closed windows and doors.