The Latest on Florida boat crash: Teen who died identified

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Posted: Aug 13, 2015 11:50 AM
The Latest on Florida boat crash: Teen who died identified

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The latest on a late-night boat crash on a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, river that left one teenager dead and five others injured (all times local):

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11:45 a.m.

A state official has confirmed the identity of the teenager who died in a boat crash on Fort Lauderdale's Middle River.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Liz Barraco said Thursday that 17-year-old John M. Baker was killed in the wreck.

Investigators say the 13-foot Boston Whaler crashed into a bridge early Thursday, killing Baker and injuring five other teens. Barraco says three of the teens were in critical condition at a Fort Lauderdale hospital. The other two teens suffered minor injuries.

The boat crashed into pilings as the teens were on a late-night boat ride. Five boys and one girl were on board when it crashed in a spot where the river flows through a residential neighborhood.

Prince Hassan tells The Associated Press that he had been friends with Baker since middle school and that they were about to start their senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.

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9:50 a.m.

Investigators say a 13-foot Boston Whaler that struck a Fort Lauderdale bridge, killing one teenager and injuring five others, didn't belong to anyone on board the boat.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Liz Barraco says three of the injured teens remained in critical condition Thursday morning. Two others had minor injuries. Their names haven't been released.

Barraco says the boat crashed early Thursday with five boys and one girl on board. She says the agency is still trying to figure out whether someone had loaned the boat to the teens.

Michael Cooper, who lives near the crash scene, says he heard a "tremendous smack" outside as he was getting ready for bed. He says the boat crashed into pilings under the bridge.

The crash happened in a spot where the river winds through a residential neighborhood.

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7 a.m.

Authorities in South Florida say one teenager is dead and five others were taken to a hospital after their boat crashed into a bridge on Fort Lauderdale's Middle River.

The crash happened early Thursday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Amanda Phillips told the Sun Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1f9rjTZ) the teens set out in the boat around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. She says they hit the bridge about 90 minutes later. She says the area where the crash occurred was "very dark."

The names of the teens haven't been released.