A 13-year-old girl has been charged with homicide after a joyride with her friends resulted in a fatal car crash.
Almani Kreamer was pronounced dead at Franciscan St. James Hospital in Chicago. He was just 12 years old. The 13-year-old driver appeared in court after the wreck last week for an arraignment on charges of reckless homicide, reckless conduct, and possession of a stolen vehicle.
According to reports, the 13-year-old girl was driving the vehicle with her friends when she lost control and hit a tree. Neighbors rushed to the scene and encouraged the children to stay in the vehicle until an ambulance came. Witnesses say a girl inside was crying for help. The other children were all treated at St. James Hospital and were released shortly after. Police have not released the names or ages of the other children in the car, but its been confirmed that they were all under the age of 16.
"I just want the other children to understand because they were all in the car together," said Regina Anderson, mother of victim Almani Kreamer.
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"What was he saying?" asked Anderson of her son’s untimely death. "Did he suffer?"
Neighbors of the young suburban boy are mourning his death and searching for answers.
“He was a fine young man,” said neighbor Beverly Reed Scott. “We loved him.”
Terrell Neely says that seeing the 13-year-old girl driving a car was not a surprise to him.
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"A while ago, she said that her mom let her drive on her birthday when it was her birthday a couple months ago, and she said her mom let her drive the car around,” said Neely.
A full investigation into the tragic accident is still underway.