A thirteen-year-old in California led police on a dangerous pursuit in a stolen car before ending the chase in a fiery crash that killed one innocent woman and seriously injured nearly a dozen people nearby.
Police initially noticed a car, now known to be driven by the kid, erratically maneuvering in traffic. After law enforcement attempted to pull the young driver over, he led them on a brief chase. Tragically, the chase ended after he plowed into two other vehicles and ignited a huge fire.
As Fox News later reported, one woman was killed in the carnage, and two other innocent young people were injured enough to be hospitalized. Fox wrote:
Woodland Fire and first responders arrived on scene. A woman died and nearly a dozen – including three juveniles, including the driver – were hospitalized, Woodland police Sgt. Victoria Danzl told Sacramento’s KCRA.
Investigators determined that the driver who refused to pull over was a 13-year-old boy driving a stolen vehicle. The boy was taken into custody for vehicular manslaughter and negligence and evading causing injuries – both felonies.
After receiving medical treatment, the driver was booked into the Yolo County Juvenile Hall. His identity was withheld because of his age.
One criminal defense webpage says that for “a felony PC 192(c) vehicular manslaughter filing, the punishment if convicted can include…two, four, or six years in the California state prison” and “a fine up to $10,000.” Given the defendant’s age, and the fact they live in California, it seems just as likely that he’ll somehow be painted as the victim.
The story is frighteningly similar to another recent story covered by The American Tribune, which wrote that a 12-year-old boy also went on an idiotic quest to steal cars and ended up paying for it with his life.
In that case, the boy stole a Colorado man’s car but was soon tracked via an app. The man informed law enforcement and also took matters into his own hands to reclaim the stolen vehicle.
In another incident similar to that one, a man in Texas used Apple AirTag to track and find his stolen vehicle and killed the thief once he found it.
In that incident, KSAT reported that the San Antonio Police Department received a stolen vehicle report at around 1 pm from a home on Braesview, but that the owner was able to track the truck and find it before they arrived. That owner, using an Apple AirTag, tracked the truck to a shopping center in the city.
Once there, the owner confronted the alleged car thief, who was presumably unaware that the truck was traceable via Apple AirTag, before the police arrived. Approaching the stolen truck, the owner saw the alleged thief potentially draw a firearm while sitting in the vehicle. So, thinking quickly to save his life and property, the owner drew his own firearm and fired on the alleged truck thief, killing him.
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