13-year-old killed in stolen car crash in Hartford

(Hartford police photo)

A street in Hartford was closed Thursday morning following a deadly crash that involved teens and stolen vehicles.

A 13-year-old, believed to have been the driver, was killed according to police.

Police said Windsor Street was closed from Battles Street to Pavilion Street.

"This is the unfortunate thing," said Deputy Chief Brian Foley, Hartford police. "A 13-year-old driving at 3:30 in the morning in the City of Hartford and out stealing cars. These are the inherent dangers that come with that type of behavior. [It's] just a sad situation for the family."

The crash happened near 555 Windsor St. just before 3:30 a.m., Foley said.

He said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Tentatively we believe that to be a 13-year-old boy from the City of Hartford," Foley said.

A 15-year-old passenger was said to be badly burned.

"There was a vehicle fully engulfed in flames," Foley said.

The crash involved two cars that were stolen from apartments in Middletown, police said.

Officials said the cars were driven through four towns before the crash.

It's unclear what led to the crash. A 2006 Subaru knocked down a utility pole and caught fire.

The 15-year-old victim was brought by the driver of the second stolen car, a Honda, to St. Francis Hospital. The teen was then transported to Bridgeport. The teen was said to be alert and talking.

The second driver fled.

HPD investigating fatal crash near 555 Windsor St. Driver pronounced on scene. Passngr taken to Bridgeport BU. pic.twitter.com/E5hNuSLE4c— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) August 25, 2016

Hartford resident Larry Phelps said he witnessed the aftermath of the crash.

"What I saw was a pretty burnt up car. And a lot of police activity. Things have gone away. But hopefully they'll get some answers but what answer is good? There is no good answer," said Phelps.

Police said they're searching for four people. On Thursday afternoon, Hartford police said a second car, a 2016 Honda involved in the incident, which was reportedly stolen, was found in Middletown.

A source with the Carriage Condo Association said the second stolen car was a new white Honda Civic.

Cars being stolen and items taken from unlocked cars has happened at the complex before...so often, the association posted signs above mailboxes warning residents. They have also posted to their Facebook page.

"They put up all those warnings. Again, it was shocking to me. They've let us know. The association here is great. They are always giving us a heads up on what's happening in the neighborhood," said Aaron Miller, of Middletown.

Others disagree, saying more needs to be done and that they want to start a neighborhood watch but nothing has been done.

They said it's too soon to tell if the vehicle thefts are connected to others that have led to the capital city.

To listen to the 911 calls made after this crash, click here.

For real-time traffic updates, check the WFSB traffic map here.

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