MILWAUKEE, WI. (THECOUNT) — Passengers, 19-year-old pregnant woman, Shannon Nehmer, her 2-year-old daughter Annamelia Hernandez, and driver, 29-year-old Charles Barefield, all drowned when their vehicle crashed into the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee during a police chase on Monday.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said Thursday that they died from asphyxia due to fresh-water drowning and that Nehmer was several weeks pregnant.
Police officers had initiated a traffic stop because the Chevy Trailblazer matched the description of a car used in two armed robberies earlier that day. When the car fled, police chased it.
The three who died Monday evening in the Kinnickinnic River have been identified as 19-year-old Shannon Nehmer, her 2-year-old daughter Annamelia Hernandez, and 29-year-old Charles Barefield, who was driving. source
The robbery victims said two men and a woman were involved.
Police say the third suspect is in custody.
Anyone with possible information on the deadly incident should contact police at 911.