Two Pronounced Deceased in Early Morning Crash
Detectives believe alcohol was a factor in the single-car accident
DATE/TIME: July 31, 2015 at 5 a.m.
LOCATION: Courtney Campbell Causeway service road (underneath hump)
DECEASED VICTIM #1: Rishi Martinez, DOB: 7/3/1997, H/M
DECEASED VICTIM #2: Gyzelle Diaz, DOB: 7/30/2001, H/F
SURVIVING VICTIM: Naeve Duarte, DOB: 1/19/2001, H/F
A witness contacted the Tampa Police Department at approximately 5 a.m. on Friday, July 31 to report that a car crashed into the Bay. According to the witness, the black Toyota Camry was traveling on the service road connected to the Courtney Campbell Causeway when it crashed through the guardrail and into the water. The witness was able to help Naeve Duarte swim back to shore after she freed herself from the vehicle.
The initial responding officers dove into the water in an attempt to rescue the two remaining occupants. The U.S. Coast Guard, Clearwater Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene to assist with the water rescue. The agencies worked together to successfully remove Rishi Martinez and Gyzelle Diaz from the fully submerged vehicle.
Tampa Fire Rescue transported all three occupants to St. Joseph’s Hospital where Martinez and Diaz were later pronounced deceased.
Detectives are still working to determine who was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident. At this time, investigators believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash.