Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with vehicular manslaughter after authorities say he ran a red light in a stolen vehicle and hit a third-grader in front of her school, killing her.
Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said at a news conference that officers arrested the teenager at his home on Friday. Smith said the boy is charged as a juvenile.
Investigators said the teen was fleeing police in a stolen Jeep Liberty and ran a red light just as class at Steuart Hill Academic Academy in Southwest Baltimore was letting out, CBS affiliate WJZ reported.
“The officer did not pursue the vehicle. Within about 30 seconds, the driver of the vehicle crashed into several people and vehicles, killing Amirah Kinlaw,” said Smith.
Police said after hitting Amirah and a crossing guard, the teen sped away before ditching the vehicle and escaping on foot. The nine-year-old girl later died from her injuries.
The teen, who has not been identified by name, was located at his home with injuries related to the crash, Smith says.
“To get the information that it was your baby girl, all the feelings is just… rage,” Amirah’s father, Leon Carter, told WJZ.
“It’s a feeling that a mother, father, a parent won’t feel unless you lose your baby,” Carter said.
“My heart is very heavy today,” Principal Tanyaneka Lipscomb told WJZ, remembering Amriah as a gifted student who put others ahead of herself.
“Amirah Kinlaw is a star student. She was an example of being a star. She persevered through challenges of others, her peers, she helped them,” Lipscomb said.
Lipscomb said Amirah dreamed of becoming a scientist when she grew up.
A vigil in the girl’s honor will be held outside the school Saturday afternoon.
Source: CBS / The AP