A teenager accused of taking part in a joyride is facing charges after his friend was killed in the resulting accident. New York authorities have arrested a 15-year-old boy, who allegedly took part in the theft of an SUV that later crashed, killing a 13-year-old boy who had been at the wheel. The 15-year-old has not been publicly identified due to his age, but it has also not been disclosed whether he will be tried as an adult. There is no word as to whether he or his family has retained criminal defense representation at this time.
According to the partial report, it is claimed that the two boys stole an SUV before driving it through Harlem at a high rate of speed. The 13-year-old was apparently driving when the vehicle ran a red light in front of a police officer. The boys reportedly attempted to flee the scene by bailing out of the moving SUV, but the vehicle was already in the midst of turning. It struck three parked cars before flipping onto the 13-year-old, pinning him.
He died at the scene. His friend was taken into custody by police. The friend now stands charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property and grand larceny. It is unknown whether further charges will be forthcoming as the investigation proceeds.
A mistake at a young age can have massive repercussions for years to come. If this boy is found guilty of these charges, he could face serious and even lifelong consequences. This is why it is so critical for him to receive the support of a New York criminal defense attorney who will carefully review his case in an effort to protect his rights, now and for the future.