Driver, 15, arrested in Lehigh Acres crash that killed woman riding on car’s roof

Published: December 28, 2020 1:10 PM EST
Updated: December 28, 2020 11:27 PM EST

A 15-year-old Lehigh Acres girl was arrested Monday and faces charges in a deadly November crash.

Florida Highway Patrol says the girl was driving when an 18-year-old woman was riding atop the car and fell off. She later died at the hospital.

The crash happened the evening of Nov. 11 on Maple Avenue North near E. Penn Road.

Car involved in crash along Maple Avenue North near E. Penn Road. in Lehigh Acres Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Florida Highway Patrol.

A 17-year-old passenger inside the car was not injured.

Weeks later, neighbors who live near where the crash happened will always remember the drive that cost the 18-year-old her life. They told us her family built a memorial near them filled with flowers, balloons, candles and her picture.

Thomas Diaz told us remembers looking out his window and seeing a girl on the trunk with her arms wide opening, laughing.

“Then out of nowhere, I just heard boom. It was really loud,” Diaz said. “So I looked outside of my bedroom window, and that’s when I saw just a body just staying there.”

Diaz says his mom went outside tried to help save the 18-year-old’s life.

“It’s a life lesson that you keep with you like at all times,” Diaz said.

After a lengthy investigation, the 15-year-old accused of being behind the wheel was arrested.

Neighbors feels it’s a tough lesson, but justice was served.

“She passed away in something that was senseless, actually,” Edwin Cintron said.

The 15-year-old is facing charges for vehicular homicide and driving without a license.