Girl, 12, killed in crash of stolen vehicle in Aurora that injured 12

A 12-year-old girl died in a crash in Aurora on Saturday evening involving a stolen vehicle driven by a 15-year-old, police said, and 12 other adults and children in the two vehicles were injured.

Police responded to the two-vehicle crash at the intersection South Buckley Road and East Kent Drive at 7:16 p.m. Saturday, police said in a news release Sunday morning.

Twelve people, ranging in age from 6 months old to 31 years old, were hurt in the crash, and the 12-year-old girl — who had been in the stolen vehicle — was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office will release the identity of the 12-year-old, police said.

Investigators said they determined a Dodge Journey reported stolen earlier in the afternoon was being driven by a 15-year-old at a high rate of speed northbound on South Buckley when the teen driver struck the passenger side of a Toyota Tacoma that was turning left onto East Kent from southbound South Buckley.

Police said there were four people in the Tacoma: a 31-year-old man, a 29-year-old woman, a 3-year-old girl and a 6-month-old girl. All four were taken to an area hospital, and police said the adults suffered life-threatening injuries.

Eight juveniles were inside the Dodge Journey, police said: a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl, three 15-year-old boys, a 14-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl and the 12-year-old girl who died. The seven survivors were transported to a hospital “with various injuries, some life-threatening,” police said.

The 15-year-old driver, who was not publicly identified because he is a juvenile, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, police said. Charges related to the crash are pending, police said, and it is believed the 15-year-old driver was impaired and that that was a contributing factor to the crash.

The intersection of South Buckley and East Kent was closed for hours Saturday night as police investigated the crash.

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