COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Two 14-year-old boys are dead and a third 14-year-old boy is injured after a crash involving a stolen vehicle Sunday night in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.
Columbus police said the crash happened about 8:20 p.m. near St. Clair and East Fifth avenues.
Police said a group of teenagers was driving a stolen Hyundai Sonata when it crashed into a building and flipped over.
A police helicopter was in the area at the time and was able to follow the car, according to police. The vehicle was not being chased by police cruisers.
One of them was taken to Grant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The two other boys were taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where one was later pronounced dead and the other was reported in stable condition.
In a Monday afternoon update, CPD Chief Elaine Bryant said one of the teens was ejected from the vehicle and another was trapped. She added the Hyundai was stolen earlier on Sunday.
You can watch the full update in the video player above.
CPD Commander Duane Mabry said nearly 6,000 cars have been stolen in Columbus in 2022 and that 40 percent of those cars are Kias and Hyundais.
“Because kids want likes,” said Mabry as to why Kias and Hyundais are more frequently stolen than other brands. “We’ve seen a trend here online with these kids calling themselves ‘Kia Boys’.”