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 January 20th, 2009  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara releases identity of second victim of Sunday night’s fatal car crash in northern St. Lucie County
 
Late this morning, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s divers recovered the body of a second victim of Sunday night’s fatal car crash in a canal in northern St. Lucie County, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“Steven Donovan, age 17 (DOB 11/26/91), of 2003 San Marcos Ave., Fort Pierce, was a passenger in the stolen 1983 Toyota Carolla that crashed Sunday night into Belcher Canal,” said Sheriff Mascara. “Our divers found the driver Monday morning in the back seat of the car. Late this morning, they found Steven Donovan’s body within 50 feet of where the car was recovered Monday.”

On Monday morning, Sheriff’s Office divers found 19-year-old Justin Michael Clark-Moore (DOB 9/24/89) of 2365 S.E. Hallahan Street, Port St. Lucie, in the back seat of the car at the bottom of Belcher Canal, also known as the C-25 Canal, at 45th Street and Grady Avenue northwest of Fort Pierce. Here is a link to a web locator map of the accident scene:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=45th+Street+and+Grady+Drive,+Fort+Pierce,+fl&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=55.674612,110.478516&ie=UTF8&ll=27.469592,-80.369432&spn=0.015421,0.026972&z=16&iwloc=addr

The canal parallels Grady Avenue at the accident scene.

A passing trucker Monday morning spotted the car and notified authorities.

The car was completely submerged in the canal.

The car had been reported to Fort Pierce police as stolen. After the car was removed from the canal, deputies conferred with Fort Pierce police and learned late Monday afternoon that Clark-Moore and Donovan, who were friends, may have been together Sunday night.

Donovan’s family Monday night contacted Fort Pierce to report him as missing.

By late Monday night, deputies believed Donovan may have been in the car driven by Clark-Moore when the crash occurred. This raised the possibility that Donovan could have been ejected from the car during the crash.

This morning, a Sheriff’s helicopter flew to the area, and Sheriff’s Office divers found Donovan’s body within 50 feet of where divers had located the car Monday.

Fort Pierce police earlier today notified Donovan’s family that his body was recovered from the scene of the auto crash.

The Treasure Coast Medical Examiner’s Office performed autopsies on both accident victims today. The preliminary finding in both cases was death by drowning, but a definitive understanding of the deaths of the victims will not be possible until the Medical Examiner’s Office receives an analysis of tissue and fluid samples from both bodies.

An out-of-town laboratory will perform that analysis, and results will not be available for several weeks.

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