DETROIT, MI – Three teens are dead and it only took 34 seconds. Police have it on dash cam video.
Sadly, those three teens made a horrible decision by getting in a stolen vehicle and then tried to evade police. The three had left a house party Saturday night and got into a stolen Jeep Cherokee.
Police intercepted the stolen SUV at about 12:55 a.m. when officers spotted the stolen Jeep Cherokee near Vernor and Campbell in southwest Detroit. Officers ran the SUV’s plate and found out it was stolen and they tried to pull it over.
Initial reports that the teens in the stolen vehicle, a white Jeep Cherokee, were being chased prior to the crash, but the public information office of the Detroit Police Department said Tuesday that there was no police pursuit.
Local law enforcement agencies reported several new vehicles had been stolen from a Detroit-area car dealership. Authorities say the vehicle sped off, hitting 100 miles per hour before crashing through an Interstate 75 service drive fence and landing on top of another car near Clark Street. The woman in that car received minor injuries.
The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Charles Miller and his two passengers 14-year-old Cynthia Zaraharas and 16-year-old Suhali Alvarez all died from the injuries they sustained in the crash.
All three were taken Sunday morning to Detroit Receiving Hospital where they were pronounced dead. The community held a candlelight vigil Monday night to remember the three teens killed in the car crash. Some of those in the crowd were seen crossing I-75 in traffic to light candles in remembrance of the three lives lost. One was also witnessed tagging the median wall with the word “CHARLIE” where the teens died. They too were putting their lives in danger by doing so. Michigan State Police were called to the area to stop those crossing into traffic.
Maggie Miller, Charles Miller’s mother, stated “My son was a good boy” but she also admitted that her son had made bad decisions in the past. This one cost him his life along with 2 others.
The Miller family is hoping to raise funds to help cover his funeral expenses. You can make a donation to the family here.