Texas teen dead, three injured after livestreaming joyride


A 13-year-old Texas boy is dead after police say a group of teens stole a car and livestreamed their joyride. According to an Abilene Police Department news release, the four teenagers stole an Audi and crashed it multiples times after they attempted to drive to Dallas.

The teenagers were not identified because they are minors, but police said the driver was 13-years-old, and the passengers were 13-year-old, 14-year-old, and 15-year-old boys. The 13-year-old and 15-year-old passengers were reported as runaways, police said. 

Law enforcement was first notified the car was involved in an accident around 3:09 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, by the vehicle’s integrated security program, but when responding officers arrived at the site of the reported crash they were unable to locate the car, the release said. Police did not know the vehicle was stolen at the time of the crash report. 

At around 3:40 a.m., parents of one of the teenagers called police and reported their son was livestreaming his ride to Dallas in the stolen vehicle on social media. About ten minutes later, the owner of the Audi reported the vehicle was stolen from his home. 

Police said they believe the teens were also involved in a convenience store theft reported by the Callahan County Sheriff’s Department around 3:57 a.m. 

The stolen Audi and juvenile occupants were found by police around 4:07 a.m. at a hotel near Highway 351 and I-20 where it reportedly crashed into an unoccupied police vehicle. The 13-year-old driver fled on Highway 351 after police turned on their emergency lights.

The teenagers crashed around 4:09 a.m., and the 13-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle. He died after being transported to a local hospital. 

The 13-year-old driver is facing multiple felony charges, but police did not specify what they were. 

Police did not release the condition of the driver and other occupants, but a message posted to social media by Abilene ISD said the student who died in the accident was a student in the district. The post also said the three surviving teens were injured.

“Abilene ISD crisis response staff and guidance counselors will be available to provide support to those affected by this tragedy at two summer school campuses, Clack and Craig middle schools, until 3:00 p.m. today and tomorrow,” Abilene ISD said in the message. “We also encourage our parents to take this opportunity to support and talk with your students about what happened and to listen to feelings they may have.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Abilene police at 325-676-6610.


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