SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – A 13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and four others suffered minor injuries after a stolen vehicle allegedly driven by another 13-year-old boy collided with another vehicle after an attempted traffic stop in San Jose on Monday night, according to police.
San Jose Police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said officers spotted a stolen 1995 Honda Accord in the area of McLaughlin Avenue and Tully Road around 10:13 p.m. Monday. The driver then fled northbound with McLaughlin Avenue with its lights off.
“Patrol officers tried to initiate a vehicle stop on a reported stolen car,” said San Jose Police Officer Christian Camarillo. “As soon as they activated their lights this car fled.”
Garcia said officers didn’t pursue the suspect, but broadcast the last known direction the vehicle was traveling. Minutes later, officers got the call that the car had crashed into a 2014 Ford C-Max that was turning east from McLaughlin Avenue onto Bacchus Drive in what Garcia said was nearly a head-on collision. The car eventually struck a traffic pole before skidding to a stop.
There were actually four teens in the car at the time. Two were not injured and tried to get away on foot but were later captured. The driver of the other car suffered minor injuries.
The teenage driver of the stolen Honda was trapped in the vehicle but extricated and arrested at the scene, Garcia said. Two others, a 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy attempted to flee but were also taken into custody. There is no update on the condition of the 13-year-old male passenger who suffered major injuries.
“Unfortunately, it’s not unusual to encounter juveniles driving stolen cars,” said Camarillo.
The driver of the Ford suffered injuries not considered life threatening.
The four teenagers will eventually be booked into juvenile hall. Parents of the kids responsible will likely be liable for all the injuries and the two damages cars.
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