Officials confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that the driver was dead. The red Mercedes sank after driving off the fishing pier and was later removed from the water by rescue crews.
Emergency crews from St. Petersburg Fire Rescue went to the pier after reports came in of a vehicle in the water. Florida Highway Patrol said the 2012 red Mercedes 2-door drove through the barriers and into the water off the south fishing pier according to Fox13News.
St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue was on scene and took the photo below, and the header image. For continuous updates as they come in, click here.