LINCOLN PARK, Mich. – A teenager and two children were killed and two others were critically injured in Lincoln Park when a 14-year-old girl lost control of a car and crashed into a tree while live streaming a joyride on Instagram, police said.
Officials said four children and an 18-year-old took an SUV out for a joyride Thursday night (Nov. 17).
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Lincoln Park homeowner and former EMT Jennifer Kruger said the crash happened at 9 p.m. Thursday in her yard off of Cicotte Avenue.
A 14-year-old girl was driving the SUV with a 13-year-old girl in the front passenger seat, according to authorities. There was an 18-year-old man, a 15-year-old boy, and an 8-year-old girl in the back.
Officials said the driver lost control and rolled off of Cicotte Avenue. The SUV struck a tree in Kruger’s front yard before crashing into her fence.
One person was ejected from the SUV and the four others had to be extricated, police said. They were all taken to Corewell Health Dearborn Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The 18-year-old man, 8-year-old girl, and 15-year-old boy died and from their injuries. The 13-year-old girl is in critical condition and the 14-year-old girl is stable.
“I wish I could have helped them,” Kruger said. “I was freaked out when I found out they were kids, and that I couldn’t help them. I couldn’t get near the car -- I didn’t even know if the car was going to blow up. That’s what kind of scared me, at first. I’m thinking, ‘Well is it going to catch on fire?’ Because it hit hard. Literally, it rocked my house. I’ve never felt that before. It was like a bomb went off. It was bad.”
Officials said the children were joyriding while on Instagram Live. There were 55 people watching the live stream at the time of the crash.