The heartbreaking incident unfolded on Tuesday after 10 p.m. as 18-year-old Venkata Sai Krishnamurthy plunged his Lexus into the Sunrise canal.
A teenager in Florida died attempting to save another teen who plunged their car into a local canal. The heartbreaking incident unfolded on Tuesday after 10 p.m. as 18-year-old Venkata Sai Krishnamurthy plunged his Lexus into the Sunrise canal.
Krishnamurthy had reportedly left a basketball game and was heading to a Taco Bell when he became lost. While getting directions on his phone he unfortunately crashed and landed in the canal. Shortly after this, 17-year-old Aden Perry dove into the water body in an attempt to save the driver.
According to WSVN, the Western High School junior was with his mother nearby when the crash took place. "I heard a lady screaming, 'Oh, my son, my son he went into the lake,'" recalled a bystander. "And then she said he doesn't know how to swim. It was very sad." For a long time, both Krishnamurthy and Perry did not make it to the surface.
"It did take them a while to find the first person they pulled out. It was like 15 or 20 minutes," said neighbor Daniel Welborn while speaking to NBC Miami. Krishnamurthy, who was alone in the car, was tragically declared dead at the scene while CPR was performed on Perry after police units and the fire department arrived at the canal.
He was then transported to the Broward Health Medical Center but was pronounced dead later. "It's just unfortunate, who knows what happened when he went in there to try to open the door, maybe he got caught up in it. It's a very sad, very brave act to do something like that. It's sad to lose your life over that. My condolences to the family," said neighbor Gary Grove expressing his condolences.
Perry's mother Sarah described her son as a man who was always in a hurry. "Doctors called him a miracle baby. He was a preemie, and he never waited for anything. He was in a rush to get here," she recalled. The 17-year-old was a talented young man who was determined to live every moment to the fullest. He was a topper at Western High School in Davie and a great pianist who aspired to become a neurosurgeon.
Recalling the final moments she spent with her beloved son Sarah said, "We were walking, actually having one of those great mom and son moments. We usually had our walk and talks when we would talk about anything — good, bad or ugly — and that was what we did."
"Next thing we know, we saw a car hit the tree and go flying into the lake. Immediately we started running, my son grabbed the phone and called 911, handed me the phone, so I could actually talk to them. He took the dog from me and kept running to where the lake was," she added. Then moments later, he jumped into the water.
"I looked, and I turned around. My son had tied the dog up to the pole, and he jumped in the water without even thinking. The man who went in, he was screaming for help, and my son answered his call and just without thinking jumped in, and I was screaming, and I wasn’t able to jump in because I can’t swim. I saw his face, I heard his voice. It was ear-piercing. These are sounds I will never forget," shared the devastated mom. "Part of me died in that lake with my son."
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Sarah to start a scholarship in his brilliant son's name.
Cover image source: GoFundMe | Aden Perry Good Samaritan and Scholarship Fund