Last night, NJ police were in the midst of chasing a Jaguar that had been carjacked when the stolen vehicle hit another car then crashed into a utility pole—killing a 13-year-old passenger. It turns out the child had been one of three youths who had stolen the car, at gunpoint, from an Irvington resident.
According to the Star-Ledger, "The boy and three other teenagers approached the motorist Sunday afternoon in his Irvington driveway in the 100 block of Linden Avenue, [Irvington Police Director Joseph] Santiago said. The victim of the carjacking had apparently removed his Jaguar from the garage and was closing the door when one of the suspects 'jumped in his car' and a second suspect appeared with a handgun, he said."
Police found the car hours later, following it and attempting to stop the Jaguar (the driver never pulled over). Eventually, two miles from where it was stolen, the Jaguar crashed into another car—injuring its driver—and the pole.
WABC 7 identified the deceased 13-year-old as Zion James, "a runaway who lost his way." The others in the stolen car were a 17-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old, who were all arrested. Police also found a weapon.