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11-Year-Old Driver of Stolen Kia Hits 7-Year-Old

A 7-year-old boy was seriously injured Monday evening when an 11-year-old boy hit him in a stolen car.

Police said the crash happened in the parking lot of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus shortly before 7 p.m.

The victim was flown by helicopter to a hospital with leg injuries but is expected to survive, WRC reported.

The driver of the 2020 Kia Optima that hit the 7-year-old fled the scene on foot Monday evening, but on Tuesday, police said that the driver was just four years older than the victim.

“Detectives discovered that the driver of the vehicle was an 11-year-old juvenile male, who was unable to press the brake and stop the vehicle before striking the victim,” police said in a statement.

Police provided no other information about the crash or the investigation except to say that the D.C. Attorney General’s Office will evaluate the case for possible charges because of the age of the driver.

It’s not clear if the case could be linked to a rise in thefts nationwide of certain Kia and Hyundai models after tips on how to start them without a key started showing up on social media.

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