TAMPA (WFLA) – A 16-year-old boy has died after jumping off the Howard Frankland Bridge after he and another teen refused to pull over for a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper on Thursday.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports an FHP trooper attempted a traffic stop as the suspects reached speeds exceeding 120 mph. When the trooper discontinued his attempt to stop the vehicle, the two teens continued down the bridge colliding with other vehicles near the 35 milepost on the Howard Frankland Bridge.
FHP reports Torren Jackson, 16, and Joshua Reed-Acton, 18, fled from the vehicle and jumped off the bridge into Tampa Bay.
FWC was able to take Reed-Acton into custody, FHP believes Reed-Acton was the driver and is being treated at a local hospital with serious injuries.
FHP says Jackson who is believed to be a passenger, was found dead by marine units.
Fire rescue agencies from Pinellas County and the U.S. Coast Guard were also on the scene in hopes of rescuing both suspects, causing major delays in the northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge.
Jason Penny with Tampa Fire Rescue says dive teams from the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue were also called in to assist.
“It is dynamic when you have a scene like this with tons of witnesses, you have an idea of what you think happened, but information can change literally from one second to the next,” Penny adding. “You know, it’s typical of Florida, we see these nutty things happen.”
FHP troopers continue to investigate the incident in which a large amount of cash and narcotics were found within the suspect’s vehicle.
Reed-Acton has been charged with pot possession, pot possession with intent and possession of a firearm during commission of felony.
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