Police: 14-year-old driving car that crashed with teens

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A teenager is in critical condition following a single car crash that left five other teens injured over the weekend.

Police say the driver is 14-years-old and was speeding.

It happened Saturday just after 8 o’clock at night in Henderson near Cadence Street and Reunion Drive.

When news of the cash spread, parents in the neighborhood were in a panic worried their children may have been in the car that drove off the street.

Families were shocked and wanted to know why a 14-year-old was behind the wheel. 

A large mesquite tree was broken in half after police say the teen driver, who was speeding along Cadence Street, lost control and jumped the curb. The posted speed limit is 25 miles-per-hour.

“They launched off one tree and landed in another and I’m actually surprised any of them are still alive,” said Abe Klein, who heard the crash. “It was bad.”

He is in charge of landscaping in the Anthem community. 

“It’s just, it’s a horrible, it’s a crash. This seems just, this shouldn’t happen. There’s no reason for it.” 

Henderson police are not saying how the young driver got ahold of a car and if its rightful owner knew about it.

It’s also unclear if anyone has been cited or will face criminal charges.

The minimum age to drive unsupervised in Nevada is 16.

“He was not suppose to driving. I don’t know what happened. How they can get the key for the car you know,” said Anastasia Chebotareva, who lives across the street.

Investigators say there were six teenagers in the Honda Civic, which is a five-seater car. They are all 14 or 15 years old.

8 News Now has learned at least one of the passengers was not wearing a seatbelt and at least one other had to be extricated from the mangled car.

“Car looks like somebody chewed and spit it out. Its completely wrecked,” Chebotareva said. “Now that I know that kids were inside, I feel horrified because I have a kid myself.”

As for the other five teens in the car, one had minor injuries.

The other four were taken to nearby hospitals in stable condition. 8 News Now has also learned at least two of the teens went to Coronado High School.

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