1 killed, 1 seriously hurt when teen flees police

Drivers know that they should not drive when drunk, tired or distracted. Doing so creates the perfect situation in which a crash could occur. Instead, it's much better to call for a taxi or to get a friend to pick them up.

When drivers don't think about safety, they put themselves and others at risk, like in this case involving a driver who has now been charged in a fatal crash. The man from Milwaukee was traveling near W. Hampton Avenue and N. Sherman Boulevard when he did not stop at a red light. The 19-year-old man was sighted by the police, who realized that his vehicle was stolen.

When the police attempted to pull him over, he fled, speeding in excess of 80 mph. At one time, the vehicle suddenly stopped, and two women fled. Shortly after that, the teen again entered an intersection without stopping, which is where he hit the second vehicle, a Jeep being driven by a 19-year-old man.

The Jeep was struck hard enough that it was pushed almost a half a block before stopping. The other vehicle, a Buick, caught on fire. The 19-year-old speeding driver had to be rushed to the hospital for serious injuries, and the other teen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Later, the teen admitted to fleeing from the police because the vehicle was stolen. Now, he faces felony charges including second-degree reckless homicide, operating a vehicle without a license and causing death and eluding an officer resulting in death. The charges could lead to up to 46 years in prison, and the family of the victim could pursue a wrongful-death claim.

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