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Eight dead in stolen cars in two years

Published Aug. 15, 2017

EDITOR'S NOTE: Earlier this month, three teen boys died after a fiery high-speed crash sent their stolen Ford Explorer spinning through the air down Tampa Road. In the prior two years, three girls in a stolen car drowned in a pond, and two other kids were killed in separate incidents involving stolen cars. The Tampa Bay Times has spent more than a year trying to understand why so many teens steal cars in Pinellas County, despite the rising death toll. The reporting has included in-depth examinations into the lives of the thieves, such as Isaiah Battle.

You can read about the recent crash and find the other parts of the Times' Hot Wheels series at


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