According to police, a 13-year-old taking a joyride in the family car on Saturday led to a fiery collision that claimed one life, according to CBS Sacramento. The teen is now being charged with felonies.
Police in Woodland, a suburb of Sacramento, claim the encounter started when they attempted to pull over the car after observing it driving erratically in a 25 mph zone. Police apparently pursued the boy after he allegedly refused to cooperate.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Driver charged in fiery fatal crash was 13-year-old on joy ride in family car, police say https://t.co/Rf9DlG7lDL
— WZMQ 19 News (@wzmq19) April 10, 2023
According to investigators, the teen eventually lost control and slammed into two other vehicles, setting them on fire. Police and firefighters responded in force after the incident.
According to police, a woman passed away at the site. According to family members, she had a 5-year-old grandchild, two of her children, and herself at the time. For the victim, a temporary memorial has been erected.
Ten people, including three children, were taken to hospitals to receive medical attention for their wounds. One of them was the suspect, who was the only one in at the time in his car.
The 13-year-old was arrested at roughly 2:25 a.m. on Sunday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with carelessness and escaping with injury, according to Woodland police.
According to authorities, he will be lodged in Yolo County Juvenile Hall upon his medical discharge.
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