Chicago Teens Steal Kia, Kill Elderly Man In Crash

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Something has to be done to stop this trend.

Some have tried to portray the rash of Kia and Hyundai thefts by young kids as just harmless fun, but an incident involving a stolen Kia took the life of an innocent victim recently. Three 13-year-old boys boosted a Kia crossover, likely using a method they saw on social media platforms like TikTok. Police noticed the vehicle just moments before the teen driver hit a Ford Taurus, killing the 71-year-old driver.

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The incident in question went down in a suburban community southwest of Chicago on the afternoon of February 12. Thanks to a broken driver’s window, police realized the Kia crossover they spotted driving down the road was likely stolen. After calling it in, the officer went in the direction the suspects were traveling.

Blocks ahead, the officer reportedly saw smoke rising. It sounds like the Kia was likely traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the Taurus. Damage to the concaved driver’s side of the Ford seems to confirm that suspicion.

Police arrested the three 13-year-old boys and took them to the police department headquarters. That same day, the parents for all three showed up and the teens were released into their custody.

Part of the problem with the car theft trend in general, not just of Kias and Hyundais, is that young kids are doing the crime. Since they’re minors, most prosecutors go easy on them. We’re not attorneys but we also know the laws about what can and can’t be done about this vary from state to state. However, some people feel strongly that these kids should be protected while others believe they should face stiff consequences.

With yet another minor stealing a car and killing an innocent bystander, this could add fuel to the latter argument. Whichever way you see it, this accident and others like it are absolutely tragic.

Source: Fox 32 Chicago

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