Three teenagers have been arrested over the weekend after their alleged theft of a automotive resulted in a lethal tragedy.
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon within the Illinois village of Robbins, roughly 21 miles south of Chicago. An officer with the Robbins Police Division reported seeing a late-model Kia with a damaged mirror touring north at about 2:30 p.m. native time, alerting dispatch quickly after after which pursuing the automobile, in accordance with WLS-TV in Chicago.
The officer observed smoke a number of blocks forward of him, seemingly emanating from the scene of an accident. On the scene, he discovered that the Kia had been concerned in a severe collision with a Ford Taurus that was exiting a driveway close to St. Peter Claver Mission Church on South Claire Boulevard.
Personnel from the Robbins Hearth Division have been the primary to be dispatched to the scene, discovering the Ford driver and pulling him from the wrecked automobile.
“First arriving unit discovered one automobile, heavy injury in a ditch with one individual nonetheless contained in the automobile,” Robbins Hearth Chief Nic Malley Sr. stated in an announcement.
The Ford’s 71-year-old driver, whose title has not been publicly disclosed as of Monday morning, was badly injured within the crash and later died at Christ Hospital. Witnesses on the scene claimed that the incident occurred in entrance of the aged sufferer’s dwelling.
“A gaggle of boys, perhaps youngsters, stole a automobile,” a witness advised WLS. “A man was popping out of his car parking zone down there, hit him, he [spun] out three or 4 instances, guys bought out of the [Kia] and ran….He was struck, sadly, and it is horrible.”
Three 13-year-old boys have been discovered to have stolen the Kia and pushed it round Robbins, resulting in the deadly accident. They have been arrested on the scene and additional particulars, together with potential costs, haven’t been disclosed. As minors, their identities have been withheld by regulation enforcement.
“I do not even assume they took driver’s ed, so how are you stealing a automotive?” one other witness to the accident stated, in accordance with WBBM-TV in Chicago.
Newsweek reached out to the Robbins Police Division for remark.
Kia autos grew to become the goal of thefts final summer season after a pattern generally known as the “Kia Problem” gained prominence on TikTok. The problem originated with a July video wherein a creator alleged that Kia fashions may very well be began with a USB cable, and was later linked to quite a few thefts and tried thefts within the U.S.