Four Teenagers Killed In Police Chase

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder after a police chase ended in a
fatal car crash near downtown Louisville.

Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says the boy was driving a stolen Honda Accord with four friends in it Thursday night when it hit a pole. Smiley said the car was stolen over the weekend from a western Louisville suburb.

Jefferson County deputy coroners R.D. Jones and Rita Taylor said that twins Jemar and Demar Claybrooks, 16, and Marc Claybrooks, 14, all died of multiple blunt-force injuries received in the crash.

Taylor said Jemar Claybrooks died after being taken to surgery at University Hospital while the others died at the scene.

Jones said Arron K. Shields, 15, also died of his injuries at the scene.

Smiley says the driver's name was not being released because of his age. Prosecutors will decide whether to charge him as an adult,
Smiley said.

Smiley said police are unsure if the four passengers who died were aware that the car was stolen.

"I believe we haven't had an opportunity to talk with family and friends," Smiley said.

Christopher 2X, a spokesman for the Claybrooks family, said there's no indication that the boys knew the car was stolen.

"There are a lot of unanswered questions," 2X said. "We're hoping to get more answers."

Information from the families to the coroner's office indicated that the four had been at some kind of function at Fourth Street Live before the crash.

The driver of the car was critically injured and taken to University Hospital. Smiley said he was arrested Friday morning. He's also charged with fleeing and evading police and receiving stolen property.

Smiley said the incident occurred about 8 p.m. Thursday in downtown Louisville. An officer saw the car and checked it's license tag, then found out the car had been stolen.

Smiley said officers pulled over the Honda Accord, but when three officers walked toward the car, it sped off. Smiley said the driver lost control about five blocks later, near the University of Louisville, and the car crashed into a tree.

2X said the three brothers were described as "good children."

"I don't know if you can describe the family as devastated," 2X said. "They're just shell shocked."

The four who died were all students at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in southwest Louisville and grief counselors were at the school on Friday, said Lauren Roberts, a spokeswoman for Jefferson County Public Schools.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Stacey Location: Lexington on Dec 22, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    Im glad the officer were doing their job and it sucks that teens are so demoralized today that they actually think they can outrun the cops. Anyone who thinks the cops shouldn't have chased them are obviously making ignorant comments to get people riled up. Don't let these few stupid comments distract you from the real story. Some kid stole a car and ran from the cops and killed his friends. I can already hear the doors clanking such behind him.
  • by Blame Cops on Dec 22, 2008 at 08:09 PM
    Yeah if only the Cops was not trying to do their job and retrieve a productive member of society's property. Maybe we should blame the automaker also since they made the car. Point the finger at the responsible party, the one taking stuff thats not theirs.
  • by TUCK Location: LEXINGTON on Dec 22, 2008 at 05:20 PM
    TERRIBLE BUT WHAT ARE COPS TO DO. THEY WERE IN A STOLEN CAR BUT THE OFFICER DOESN'T KNOW IF THEY COMMITTED SOME MORE SERIOUS CRIME PRIOR TO OR DURING THE THEFT OF THE VEHICLE. STEALING A CAR IS DANGEROUS BUSINESS, I USED TO BE A COP AND IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT PEOPLE RUN. IT MAY BE JUST JOY RIDING BUT IT'S A FELONY, A BRUTAL LESSON TO LEARN, YOU DON'T RUN. YOU MIGHT GO TO JAIL BUT YOU LIVE ANOTHER DAY.KIDS KNOW WHAT'S RIGHT AND WRONG, I WAS IN 3 CHASES THAT ENDED IN DEATH OF THE SUSPECT. TERRIBLE THING TO HAVE TO TELL THE FAMILY THEIR LOVED ONE WAS KILLED AS A RESULT OF A CHASE BUT YOU HAVE TO ENGAGE IN THE PURSUIT. INJURIES AND DEATHS OF FLEEING FELONS REST SQUARELY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THOSE WHO CHOSE TO RUN NOT OFFICERS. SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILIES OF THE DEAD KIDS, WHAT A TERRIBLE THING.
  • by Bla Bla Bla on Dec 22, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    Hello, everyone knows that if you still a car, then you see blue lights behind you... NOT TO RUN because then you face two felonies, GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and Felony Fleeing and Evading Police. So lets think, pull the stolen car over go to court and have it reduced by a sensitive judge because you are a minor influenced by peer pressure. If that was true then you would still have your Friends instead of burring them. This 16 year old needs to stay in prison for the rest of his life!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. Simple as that. Yea, they are black and got caught (almost). If you want to joy ride, you pay the price whether you're black/white/green/puple/whatever. IF the idiot would have stopped, they would still be alive.
  • by grumpy on Dec 22, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    tell them not to chase that just lets the crooks get away that would nuts run because we cant chase you that gives a open invite to run every time its the police dept job to catch them if they did not run they would just be in jail it was the boys choice
  • by ryan Location: paris on Dec 22, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    How could you even think about saying the police should not have chased them. the police officers were only doing there job, there job is not to show off there driving skills. police officers go through training to keep things like this from happening. If you notice it was not the police that wrecked, it was the inexperienced teenage driver, that was driving somebody else's car who wrecked.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2008 at 10:32 AM
    To Al Sharpton for NYC. Obvious police brutality ? How do you figure that ? The police didn't make those kids run from them. I'm sure the police couldn't tell they were kids when they was chasing them either. You need to check in with reality Sharpton. Just because you are a criminal supporting person doesn't mean you have to act like a thug too.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 20, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    i pray for the parents of these kids. the police should not have been chasing them.. all they had to do was follow them and wait. they would have gotten them.. the driver if he did steal the car should be held accountable and reminded that he killed his friends.
  • by Kelly Location: Paris on Dec 20, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    What function could they have been at on 4th street live? You have to be 21 huh?
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