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November 28, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Stolen car crashes, injuring five; 12-year-old in critical condition

A 25-year-old man is accused of stealing a car and crashing it broadside into another vehicle around 5:40 p.m. today in South Seattle, critically injuring a 12-year-old girl and sending her, two other children and a 31-year-old man to the hospital.

The owner of the stolen car had left his his vehicle running to warm it up near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street, when the suspect jumped in, Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt wrote in the department’s online blotter. When the owner confronted the suspect, the 25-year-old threatened the owner with his own gun, which had been left inside the car, Witt said.

The 25-year-old sped north on Rainier Avenue with the car’s owner chasing him in another vehicle, Witt said. A Seattle police officer saw the stolen vehicle near Rainier Avenue South and South Othello Street and also began following it, she said in the blotter post.

The driver of the stolen vehicle turned onto South Grand Street, drove through the intersection with 23rd Avenue South and slammed into a southbound vehicle occupied by a man and three children, according to Witt.

When firefighters arrived at the crash scene, a 12-year-old girl was unconscious and unresponsive and was trapped under a door of the car, which had flipped onto its side, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. She was quickly extricated and taken to Harborview in critical condition with injuries considered life-threatening, he said. By 9 p.m., Moore said the girl’s condition had stabilized.

An 8-year-old boy was found on the grass near the vehicle and suffered a leg fracture, said Moore. According to Witt, the boy had been thrown from the vehicle during the crash.

It took firefighters about 10 minutes to cut the driver and a 6-year-old girl from the vehicle: The 31-year-old man was taken to the hospital in serious condition, while the 6-year-old was in stable condition with minor injuries, said Moore.

The 25-year-old was also injured and was to be booked into the King County Jail on investigation of vehicular assault and auto theft once he’s released from the hospital, Witt said.

The Seattle Police Department’s Traffic Collision Investigation unit is investigating the crash.

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