A high-speed chase led to a crash Sunday along Interstate 376 that closed the highway for hours, and the driver is only 14 years old.
A chase leads to a crash that closes Interstate 376 for hours. The driver is just 14, and badly injured.
State police said the chase began when Penn Hills police saw what they believed was a stolen car. They said the chase had been called off, but the driver still lost control and clipped a car.
Brandon DiGiorgio was driving the car hit by the suspect. He said he saw police lights approaching behind him at Mile Marker 79.5 and thought officers were just trying to pull someone over for speeding until the Jeep Grand Cherokee sideswiped him, hit a guiderail and went airborne.
“I didn’t know what was going on. It was crazy,” DiGiorgio said.
The driver of the Jeep was thrown about 30 feet from the vehicle and was taken to a hospital. He has not been publicly identified because of his age.
“It was an opportunity that, in a 14-year-old’s eyes, was at the perfect time and at the perfect moment,” said the boy’s mother.
She told Channel 4 Action News reporter Amber Nicotra that her son is in a medically-induced coma in critical but stable condition at UPMC Mercy hospital and will require surgery, especially plastic surgery to the left side of his face.
The boy’s mother said she’s not letting her son off the hook, but feels the owner of the vehicle should have been more responsible.
“I’m not downplaying my son’s role in taking something that didn’t belong to him, but I am saying they actually left their keys in the car and the vehicle could have been taken by anybody,” she said.