Driver Being Pursued in Deadly 7-Car Pileup Wasn't Old Enough to Drive, Police Say

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One person was killed after a reported stolen Kia Sportage crashed in South Los Angeles following a pursuit of a driver not even 16 years old, police said.

The crash occurred just after 3 p.m. in the 11600 block of South Central Avenue, near the 105 Freeway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Between four and seven vehicles were involved in the collision.

The pursuit vehicle had Oregon plates and was reported stolen out of the Compton area two days ago.

The driver was about 14 or 15 years old, according to police.

One motorist was killed in the collision. That person's name was withheld pending notification of his family.

The driver and a passenger in the stolen Kia were also injured in the collision and were handcuffed to gurneys before they were taken from the scene. Investigators believe the was 14 or 15 years old.


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"The preliminary information we have is that they're two juveniles, a juvenile driver and male juvenile passenger approximately 14, 15 years of age," said Bruce Chase, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The westbound Century Freeway off-ramp at South Central Avenue was closed for an unknown duration as authorities investigated the crash.

"Our deputies were attempting to catch up to the vehicle but from what was described," Chase said. "They never got within 50 to 100 yards of the vehicle."

The two teens in the suspect car were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. They'll likely face a number of charges including evading police.

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