Live-streaming teens crash stolen car, killing 1 and injuring 3, Texas cops say
A group of teenagers live-streamed on social media shortly before a fatal crash in a stolen car, Texas police said.
The four boys, aged 13 to 15, stole a 2018 Audi S5 coupe from a home in Abilene early in the morning on Wednesday, June 22, according to the Abilene Police Department.
At 3:40 a.m., a "concerned parent" called 911 after seeing live video taken on social media of his son getting out of a stolen car, police said in a release. The other teens also flocked to social media, and parents believed they were planning to head to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, about 140 miles east of Abilene.
Minutes later, the Callahan County Sheriff's Department received a call about a reported theft at a convenience store near Abilene involving the teens in the Audi, according to the press release.
Officers spotted the car at 4:07 a.m. in the parking lot of a roadside motel near the U.S. Highway 351 and Interstate 20, police said.
The Audi hit an empty squad car and an officer at the scene turned on the lights and tried to stop the teenagers. But they sped away and officers "did not actively pursue them," police said.
Just two minutes later, at 4:09 a.m., the speeding Audi crashed into a light pole at a nearby intersection, according to police.
A 13-year-old boy in the passenger seat was thrown from the vehicle and later died at a hospital.
The police did not provide any information about the condition of the driver (13) and other passengers (14 and 15).
Police said the driver was facing multiple offenses and there may be other charges as well.
The incident is still under investigation.
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