• The incident took place Tuesday night, about 30 minutes from Miami
  • The driver was getting directions on the phone when he crashed
  • A teenager jumped in to save him despite not knowing how to swim

Two Florida teenagers died late Tuesday night after one crashed his car into a local canal and the second jumped in to save him.

The incident occurred at around 11 p.m. ET at the Residence of Sawgrass Mills neighborhood in the Fort Lauderdale area, about 30 minutes from Miami, NBC Miami reported.

The 18-year-old driver, identified as Venkata Sai Krishnamurthy, reportedly veered into the Sunrise Canal, according to WSVN-TV. Krishnamurthy was on his way to a Taco Bell after leaving a basketball game, and was reportedly getting directions on his phone at the time of the crash.

The people who lived in the area heard a commotion at the site of the crash, and rushed to the scene. A 17-year-old boy, identified as Western High School junior Aden Perry, who was with his mother, jumped into the canal to save Krishnamurthy, despite not knowing how to swim.

"I heard a lady screaming, ‘Oh, my son, my son he went into the lake,'" an eyewitness told WSVN-TV. "And then she said he doesn’t know how to swim."

Perry was pulled out by the first responders.

"And a moment later they are carting him away on a stretcher, and she’s wailing and screaming, and it’s very sad," the unidentified man said.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

"It’s crazy that somebody has the courage to do that, and jump up and step up to the plate," another onlooker, identified only as Kelso, told WSVN-TV. "It’s very unfortunate that the loss of somebody sacrificing themselves."

Krishnamurthy, who was the only person in the car, was declared dead at the scene.

"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," said Gary Grove, a local. "It's very sad, very brave act to do something like that. It's sad to lose your life over that. My condolences to the family."

"I have young kids, too, you know, and I’m so sad for the parents," a third local resident told WSVN-TV. “It’s awful. The kids, the families, everyone else had to go through it, and I’m heartbroken for them," said Kelso. “I wish nothing but the best for them and their families."

Fire and police crews were there at the canal until 5.00 a.m. Wednesday, trying to piece together more information related to the crash, according to Miami Standard.

Divers pulled out the submerged Lexus from the lake the next morning, and the police were probing the matter.

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