The body of a teen girl who was one of four people riding in an SUV when it plunged into a Deerfield Beach lake Wednesday night was recovered by divers Thursday morning, authorities said. NBC 6 reporter Sharon Lawson spoke to relatives of the victims.
The body of a teen girl who was one of four people riding in an SUV when it plunged into a Deerfield Beach lake Wednesday night was recovered by divers Thursday morning, authorities said.
The body of the 15-year-old was found around 8:30 a.m. at the lake off I-95 between Hillsboro Boulevard and Southwest 10th Street, hours after a man and two women were pulled from the lake by rescue crews.
Authorities said the teen, who hasn't been identified, is the daughter of 37-year-old Nadege Theodore, who was behind the wheel of the Lexus SUV that went into the lake following a three-vehicle crash around 10 p.m.
Late Wednesday, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Deerfield Beach crews and BSO Marine Unit divers pulled the three people from the water and rushed them to Broward Health North in critical condition, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.
Theodore and her nephew and passenger Guivens Daverman, 16, both from Pompano Beach, died at the hospital.
Her adopted sister, passenger Sandalie Jean-Baptiste, 20, remains on life support, officials said Thursday.
Daverman's father, Cakmand Daverman, and relative Jo Joseph sobbed over their losses Thursday.
“I lost him. I lost him," Daverman said.
His son's mother told him that he was dead.
"Oh my gosh, you have no idea how I feel to hear these words from my baby’s mother’s mouth," Daverman said.
There were no other injuries. The two other cars involved, a Nissan Altima and a Hyundai Sonata, had minor damage.
Authorities said the SUV landed about 50 feet from shore in 15-20 feet of water. Jachles said workers kept looking but were unable to locate the teen until early Thursday.
"There's nothing they could've done differently," Jachles said.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.