COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Springs police said a 14-year-old boy died in a rollover crash early Wednesday morning after taking an SUV from a family member without permission.
The rollover happened on Pikes Peak Avenue near South Academy Boulevard just minutes after police had tried to pull the vehicle over.
"About 3:07 a.m. [Wednesday], officers observed the white SUV ... stopped in the area of Murray and Pikes Peak Avenue," said Lt. Jim Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department. "They attempted a traffic stop on [the SUV], lit it up with lights and sirens, and that vehicle took off at a high rate of speed. Based on the fact that it was simply traffic charges, officers did not pursue that vehicle."
Two minutes later, police got the call about the rollover crash.
"Officers responded back to the scene and located the rolled vehicle, as well as a deceased party inside the vehicle," Sokolik said.
The vehicle flipped into a residential yard and landed on its side, so, at first, police were unable to tell if the person who died was the driver or passenger.
In an update, police said the 14-year-old is believed to be the driver. Officers said the boy's inexperience is likely what caused the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt. They're still investigating whether the driver was under the influence of anything.
A witness also reported seeing someone run from the SUV after the crash. Police said they're still trying to identify who that person is. At this time, officers say there's no way to tell if there was another person in the car or if the person seen leaving the scene was just in the area at the same time.
Police said the 14-year-old was related to the owner of the SUV and had taken it without permission.
Editor's note: Police initially told 11 News it was the driver who fled the scene, but now say because of how the vehicle landed, it's unclear if the deceased was driving or was the passenger.