A 14-year-old girl was killed in Albuquerque last Wednesday after a women driving a stolen van crashed into the car carrying a woman and her two children.
Albuquerque police identified on Friday identified the victim as Shaylee Boling, a student at Sandia High School. Her 3-year-old brother, who was also involved in the accident, was not seriously injured, but her mother remains in critical condition.
On Friday, police arrested 21-year-old Elexus Groves on homicide and multiple charges in the fatal accident, the Artesia Daily Press reported.
According to police, officers responded to a call of a stolen electrical company’s van which was stolen around 6:30 am. The van was left warming at the electrician’s home close to the scene of the accident. Police spotted the stolen van and attempted to stop it, but discontinued the attempt due to the driver’s reckless actions. The stolen vehicle was found moments later when it was involved in the fatal accident.
“We don’t chase stolen vehicles,” said Officer Fred Duran. “I mean we don’t want to endanger the public, we don’t want to induce someone to do something they wouldn’t normally do.”
Police said the van remained on their radar as it was equipped with GPS. Police responded to the scene of the accident less than 40 seconds later, surveillance video shows, but the thieves had already fled on food.
Police are still looking for the man who was in the stolen vehicle with Groves.