Two teenage boys, aged 17 and 14, are facing misdemeanor charges following an incident in which they allegedly stole a car and caused a fatal accident in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood on April 16. The crash killed a 6-month-old baby and left three family members injured.
According to Chicago police, the teens have been charged with a single misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing each. The pair were driving a stolen Hyundai when they collided with a Ford pickup truck at an intersection around 5 p.m.
The infant, Cristian Uvidia, tragically passed away in the hospital following the accident. His 34-year-old mom and two older sisters, aged 15 and 7, sustained injuries and received treatment at a local hospital.
A GoFundMe page has been created for the grieving family. The page stated that the baby’s skull was fractured during the crash.
It is possible that the charges against the teenage boys could be upgraded once the police investigation is concluded. As of Sunday evening, a Chicago police spokesperson confirmed that no additional charges have been brought against the teens.
The family expressed their devastation at the misdemeanor charges in an interview with Fox 32 Chicago. Two other teenagers were reportedly present in the stolen car but have not been charged.
This recent stolen car crash involving juveniles highlights a concerning trend of young individuals engaging in criminal activities in the city.