Detroit Teens Charged With Taking Stolen SUV on Deadly Drive

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two teenagers face felony charges after authorities say they stole a sport utility vehicle and killed a 56-year-old woman in a wheelchair as they sped away.

George Douglas, 14, and David Haley, 16, both of Detroit, are charged with felony murder and receiving and concealing stolen property in the July 17 incident that killed Gwendolyn Hall. Both will be tried as adults, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Monday.

If convicted, a judge may sentence them as juveniles or as adults or by creating a blended sentence, Worthy said.

Police at Wayne State University spotted the teens breaking into a 1999 Jeep Cherokee. Police said the boys sped away on a freeway service drive after spotting patrol cars, ran a red light and slammed into a moving Jeep Liberty before hitting the woman, who was on a sidewalk.

Hall later died at a local hospital. The boys were caught after a foot chase, police said.

Douglas also will be charged with unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a fatal accident while at fault and a misdemeanor count of operating without a permit.

"Ms. Hall was an innocent victim who met a violent death," Worthy said in a statement. "This is not a case of mere joyriding."


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