Teen dies week after St. Petersburg crash that injured four others

The 16-year-old had no license when he was driving a vehicle full of teens. Then he struck a curb, police say.
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Published Oct. 6, 2020|Updated Oct. 6, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG — A 16-year-old boy has died from the injuries he suffered in a Sept. 29 single-vehicle crash that also injured four other teens riding with him, police say.

Isaiah Bostick died Monday night, according to St. Petersburg police. The other four teens are recovering at home.

The crash took place just before 11 p.m. on 26th Avenue N. Bostick was “speeding and driving recklessly” while behind the wheel of a 2003 Mazda, police said, when he struck a curb near the city’s brush collection and recycling site at 7750 26th Ave. N.

The Mazda hydroplaned and struck a tree, police said.

Firefighters had to extricate the 16-year-old driver from the wreckage. He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg hospital for treatment of what police then called life-threatening injuries. Another 16-year-old boy was taken to the same hospital, where he was then reported to be in critical condition. Two other boys, ages 17 and 16, were treated there for minor injuries.

At the time of the crash, police said four teens were involved. But now police say there was a fifth teen riding with them, a 14-year-old girl. Police did not explain the discrepancy or say if she was also injured.

None of the teens involved in the crash had a driver’s license, police said. The only teen who has been named by police is the driver who died.

A St. Petersburg police spokeswoman on Tuesday declined to answer questions about the case, saying it remains under investigation.