Teen driver dies, girl critically injured following police pursuit

MIAMI, FL – A high-speed car chase led by Miami-Dade police resulted in the death of a 15-year-old male and left a 14-year-old girl in a critical state early Wednesday, as stated by the police department.

Based on reports, the police were alerted about an unusual vehicle in operation around 2 a.m. Wednesday. A vehicle meeting the described details was seen moving erratically on SW 56 Street and upon police’s attempt to intercept, the driver lost control and crashed into a concrete pillar, as communicated in the police news release.

The aftermath of the catastrophic crash was surveyed by investigators as distressed bystanders captured the sight of the wrecked white Audi. Images displayed by NBC6 depicted the car in a pitiful state, turned over and shattered, with the engine dislocated from its housing and lying in the road.

Police inquiries are underway to ascertain whether the teenage boy who drove his mother’s car was in possession of a driving permit. Argemis Colome, a Miami-Dade police representative, disclosed to PEOPLE that it’s suspected the teenager’s mother was unaware her car had been taken.

The identity of the minor who lost his life at the site of the accident remains undisclosed by the police. The 14-year-old girl, also unnamed, was rushed to the HCA Florida Kendall Trauma Center and her condition remains critical as of late Thursday, the police confirmed.

A campaign on online fundraising platform GoFundMe identifies the injured teenager as Jazmin Keltz. The initiative to assist her family cope with the “tragic incident” financially has managed to raise over $8,000. Lawyer Michael Feiler, speaking on behalf of Jazmin’s family, expressed their urgency to understanding the events leading to the catastrophe to NBC’s WESH2, saying, “We all want to watch our children grow up and want the best for them, and in my personal experience, there’s no greater tragedy than the possibility of losing a child.”