ABILENE – The Abilene Police Department Traffic Division is investigating a fatal crash involving a stolen vehicle and four juveniles, one of whom died after being transported to the hospital early Wednesday morning.
According to the Abilene Police Department, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at 3:09 a.m., a 2018 Audi S5 coupe was reported to have been involved in a crash by the vehicle’s Bosch system (similar to OnStar). It indicated the crash was in the 1300 block of Ross Avenue, but responding officers were unable to locate the involved vehicle.
At approximately 3:40 a.m., a concerned parent reported their son and others live-streaming on social media in a stolen Audi. It was believed the juveniles were en route to the Dallas area.
At approximately 3:50 a.m., the owner of the stolen Audi called to report his vehicle missing from his home in the 1200 Block of Highland Avenue.
At approximately 3:57 a.m., the Callahan County Sheriff’s Department reported a theft that just occurred at a Clyde convenience store. It was believed that the juveniles in the stolen Audi were involved in this theft. At that time, the last known direction of travel was westbound toward Abilene.
At approximately 4:07 a.m., Abilene Police officers located the occupied vehicle at a north side hotel near Highway 351 and Interstate 20. The stolen Audi crashed into an unoccupied patrol vehicle. A second officer at the scene activated the vehicle’s emergency lights in an attempt to stop the stolen vehicle. The driver of the stolen Audi failed to stop and exited the hotel parking lot – fleeing westbound on Highway 351 toward Ambler Avenue. Officers did not actively pursue the stolen vehicle, which was reportedly last seen westbound on Ambler Avenue.
At approximately 4:09 a.m., this stolen Audi was involved in a major vehicle crash at the intersection of Ambler Avenue and Treadaway Boulevard. The vehicle crashed at a high rate of speed – striking a traffic pole. The officers and MetroCare, who were nearby, immediately assisted by rendering aid, extracting the injured, and with fire suppression.
The crash scene was brutal. The following is a photo shared by local Abilene news station Big Country Homepage.
There had been four juvenile occupants in the vehicle:
• 13-year-old male, who was driving the vehicle.
• 13-year-old male passenger, who is deceased after being ejected from the vehicle. (Reported runaway)
• 14-year-old male passenger.
• 15-year-old male passenger. (Reported runaway)
The 13-year-old driver of the stolen vehicle faces multiple felony charges. There may be other charges related to this incident, pending an ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Abilene Police Department’s Investigations Bureau at (325) 676-6610.