A car flew over a guardrail and into Arcadia Lake Tuesday morning, taking the life of a 16-year-old boy. The crash happened just east of Interstate 35 on Memorial Road.
Family has come and gone, and a few acquaintances lingered near the wind rippled water, stunned and fishing out keepsakes that may have belonged to the teenage driver.
The car is a classic, a Ford Maverick and fast. A tempting vehicle for any 16-year-old boy, but for this one it was deadly. Police say he was speeding when the accident happened.
"Once we were on scene we realized that it was a single car accident," Oklahoma City Fire Department spokesman Benny Fulkerson said.
There was nobody else inside the car, and investigators believe he hit the guardrail, tumbled down the rocky embankment and into the water.
"The vehicle was about two thirds submerged," Fulkerson said. "The divers were never utilized. The passenger side door was out of the water still so firefighters made their way into the water about waist deep."
They were able to pull the boy's body from the passenger’s side door. He was driving west and headed to class at Edmond Memorial High School.
"These things are always difficult," Fulkerson said. “It doesn't matter what the age is, but obviously this being a juvenile is a very difficult situation. Our hearts go out to that family today."
The teen's name will be released on Wednesday after all of his family has been notified.