A 15-year-old girl died as the car she was riding in careened off a road during a high=speed chase, flipped over, and caught fire. The driver of the car, a 16-year-old boy, survived the wreck, and has been arrested in the case.
A report from the CBS affiliate in Tampa, 10News, gave this account, based on a police press release:
Police in Plant City, Florida, began chasing a suspected stolen car, but the driver fled and tried to run over an officer. As the car approached Lakeland, it went off the road, overturned and caught fire.
The video shows an officer running to the car with his gun drawn, and then pulling a young man from the car just as it catches fire. However, the young man didn’t tell the officer someone else was in the car. When a back-up officer arrived, he found Milaya Cooper, 15, of Plant City, who had been thrown in to the vehicle’s backseat. Cops used fire extinguishers to put out the blaze and pull her from the twisted wreckage.
She died later at an Orlando hospital.
The car’s driver and suspect, Bobby McNeal, was arrested on a number of charges in two cities. In Plant City, he faces two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and three counts of fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer. In Lakeland, McNealhe faces aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude resulting in death, manslaughter and driving with no license resulting in a death.