15-year-old charged with homicide, multiple other charges in crash involving carjacked truck
CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Chesterfield Police say a 15-year-old boy is in custody after a pursuit ended in a crash that left one man dead and a woman fighting for her life.
Officers were called for a robbery around 7 p.m. in the 3700 block of Meadowdale Boulevard.
Chesterfield Police Captain Tim Tehoe said it all started when a man drove to the apartment complex for an online meetup to buy tools.
“He pulled into the complex. He was approached by three black males, displayed weapons, essentially ordered him out of the vehicle. At one point, he was assaulted or pistol-whipped by one of the suspects. They then stole his vehicle and fled the scene,” Tehoe said.
Tehoe says the victim had minor injuries.
Once the red dodge truck was located, officers started a pursuit on Hopkins Road with the help of an aviation unit.
Officials said the truck crossed the double-yellow line and hit an oncoming Kia Rio.
Witness David Caudle says it all happened in his front yard.
“It sounded like a bomb went off. It was a very, very loud sound. Metal to metal. It last for 10-15 seconds. I jumped up and came to the front of the house and saw the wreck. There was still water bottles rolling down the street that had fallen from the truck,” Caudle said.
The driver of the Kia, 23-year-old Khalil R. Hamlin, was pronounced dead on the scene.
His girlfriend was in the passenger seat. Police say she’s still recovering from life-threatening injuries.
“It looks like it hit the bank pretty hard in my neighbor’s yard. The car must’ve spun around. It took the fence, the new trees there, postdated the ground, busted my fence up. Like I said, it was a violent crash,” Caudle said.
“There’s no other word than tragic. It’s not the ending that any of us want to see,” Tehoe said.
Police said the teen ran off and was arrested behind a home.
He now has been charged with felony homicide, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, grand larceny, vandalism, felony eluding, felony hit and run, no operator’s license, and disregarding a traffic signal.
The teen is currently being held in juvenile detention.
“The police were right on him, and they stopped. It was four police cars, and they had their lights on, and they jumped out and chased somebody,” Kenneth Dressler, a neighbor, said. “They chased him behind this house back here.”
Hopkins Road reopened just before 11 p.m.
Police are continuing to investigate.
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