Family and friends are grieving the loss of two young girls who died during a joyride in a stolen vehicle that was driven by a 14-year-old boy, according to the Broward County Sheriff's office in Florida.
Anacshia Johnson, 13, and Chayanna Nesmith, 12, were killed when the driver lost control, hit a pole near a railroad track, flipped and landed upside down just before 3 a.m. Sunday in Pompano Beach, WFOR-TV reported.
Johnson died at the scene, and Nesmith died later at a hospital.
Nesmith's older sister, Teanna, 13, was injured in the accident, along with Timnazia McDougle, 12, Ashanti Johnson, 12, Tatiana McKinly, 13, and Elijah Wilson, 14, who was allegedly driving the 2007 Toyota Camry.
It's still unclear where the seven kids were headed that fateful morning.
What do family members say?
Debra Lesane, the Nesmith sisters' grandmother, told the Sun-Sentinel that Teanna was recovering well physically from heavy bruising on her side and a dislocated shoulder, but the teen was struggling with the realization of her sister's death.
“[They] were just very close, they were very close,” she said. “They never wanted to be separated from each other. Even though Chayanna was the youngest, she was the big sister. She was very bossy.”
The two sisters were sitting beside each other when the crash occurred.
Their step-grandmother, Melodee Cunningham, told WFOR that she's "devastated" by the incident.
What did the driver's family say?
Wilson's grandmother, who said her grandson was "coming along fine" denied that he was the car's driver.
“We’ll need an investigation into that,” Anisa Smith told the Sun-Sentinel Monday during an interview. “He told us he wasn’t driving and that a girl was driving.”
Smith said her heart is heavy for the families of the other children adding, " ... we don't want no fighting or bickering."
What did classmates say?
Shocked classmates at Pompano Beach Middle School had some advice on Monday for others who may consider riding with an unlicensed driver.
“Don’t hop in the car with kids driving the car, especially if it’s a stolen car too, that’s not good. You’re not lame to say no,” Alton Tarver told WFOR.
Police said the vehicle had been stolen from an apartment complex before dawn Thursday morning for the second time in two weeks.
Charges against Wilson are pending, according to WFOR.