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Stolen vehicle accident claims life of teen

Disaster struck a New Mexico neighborhood last week when a surprising and uncharacteristic car accident left a family forever changed. Not all car accidents are due to a negligent driver. Some are due to reckless drivers who operate a vehicle with a disregard for their safety or the safety of others around them. In this scenario, the police are seeking the location of the two suspects who fled the scene of the accident just after the car crash occurred.

The morning the accident happened was otherwise ordinary. A mom was taking her two children to work. What happened next is terrifying. Suddenly a white van blew a stop sign and crashed directly into the family's vehicle. One of the children, a teenager, was killed in the crash.

According to police, the vehicle had just been reported as stolen from the owner's driveway. He had left the vehicle running in his drive-way to warn up his commute to work. The police had made an active decision not to pursue the vehicle as it is a danger to the public to pursue stolen vehicles. Regardless, the vehicle insisted on not only speeding away from the scene of the crime, but running a stop sign and hitting the family van as well. The suspects' names have not been released but it is said they are known by police and are a man and a woman.

The hit-and-run fatality leaves the community feeling like this senseless act could have been prevented. Theft is of course, unacceptable, but the blatant disregard of the suspects to care for anyone on the road is an outrage. It sounds like the police have a good lead on who is responsible for the accident. When and if charges are brought, the family will likely be seeking answers.

Source: krqe.com, "Albuquerque teen killed in stolen vehicle crash, suspects sought," Chelo Rivera, January 18, 2017

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