2 Teens Killed In Fiery Crash Near Md.-D.C. Border After Chase

CHEVY CHASE, Md. (WJZ)– The pursuit of a stolen car comes to a deadly end. Two young boys are killed when the car explodes into flames.

Mike Hellgren explains how it all unfolded.

Police have now identified the driver. He’s 16-year-old Reynard Osman from Washington, D.C. The pursuit lasted at least two miles down Connecticut Avenue.

A picture taken by an eyewitness shows the car after it turned into a fireball trapping two teenagers– 14 and 16 years-old– inside. They both died.

The stolen Toyota crashed as police chased it down Connecticut Avenue in Montgomery County early Friday morning.

The scene has now been cleared at the Chevy Chase Circle but people there are still shaken.

“I’m very nervous. It’s a little bit too much for me. It’s a little too close to home for me,” said one person.

“It’s really scary. I’m 16,” said another.

“How horrible it must be to be caught in a fire like that,” said a third.

The crash and deaths have raised questions about the police pursuit policy.

Montgomery County allows officers to chase in limited situations. But citing the potential for danger, several police departments in our area have instituted no-chase policies including Baltimore City and County.

Still, two pursuits earlier this year in Baltimore County ended in tragedy, including in January on Dulaney Valley Road when a burglary suspect fleeing the cops caused a major crash and died, although police maintain they stuck to their policy.

“A high-speed chase is always a risky enterprise,” Elise Armacost, spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department, said. “It takes a lot of skill for officers to embark on one. It was a moot point in this case. This was a situation where an officer tried to pull someone over. He didn’t comply. At that point, we pulled our patrol cars back.”

In the Montgomery County case, police have identified the front seat passenger as 18-year-old Reeco Richardson from Washington, D.C.

First responders say they worked frantically to pull the teens who died to safety, but the flames became too intense.

An officer was also hurt in all of this. He suffered shoulder injuries and several burns.

No charges have been filed in the case.

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  • wow

    “Thanks for killing me” said the friend to the fool. “Lets do it again someday”. Sorry for the dark humor folks.

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  • shelly

    at the end of the day yes it was wrong but we have all done some dark things in life growing up, they are still children and were living their last moments as such. may their sould rest in piece although it was a careless act of fun.

    • Billiam

      Shelly – your last words “…a careless act of fun” couldn’t be worded more incorrectly! If a car is reported stolen, what part of that is fun to you? If it was your vehicle, or heaven forbid, your child who was killed, would it still be fun then?

    • bob

      I never stole cars and led police on a high speed chase when I was a kid. I had fun playing video games, reading books, and playing sports. Committing felonies isn’t just a childish prank

  • Kathryn

    I beg your pardon, I never stole a car for fun. It is not a “dark thing”, it is a felony and teens are old enough to know stealing is wrong. I was never out at that hour, my parents enforced a curfew, particularly on school nights.

    I want to know what kind of parents allow kids that age to be out of the house at that hour? I hope they also hold the parent(s) accountable and take away any other kids in the home as they are obviously not fit parents.

    There is nothing “fun” about stealing cars or negligent parents either.

    • Secret

      Shut The Hell Up. You Dont Even Know Whats Going On . Judging Things From The Outside . You Dont Know The Real Reason Of The Story , I Know Them Boys & I Know What Really Happened ‘

  • Harri

    Did anyone notice the police car had damage in the front. So, these kids did not just run onto a tree without help. Who are we to say all the boys in the car was envolved in stealing the car. And yes I would feel the life of a child would be more important than a car. Just like your life is more valuable then a car to me even thou what you are saying hurts. A life for a car. A painful death for a car. Four children. Why do they not mention the fact that the police car had some contact with that car? Can any get the stolen car report if they want to varify what is being told or do we just think what we are being tolsd is the truth?

    • Kathryn

      …and just how were the police supposed to know that those in the stolen car were as young as they were? Would you expect a 14 year old to be out at 1am on a school night riding around in a stolen car? You steal a car and take off when police try to stop you, expect them to treat you like a fleeing felon as that is what you are. Police do not know how old people in a car are until after they stop the car.

      If they had simply pulled over, this would not have happened. Obviously if they had not stolen the car and or their parents kept them at home where kids should be at that hour, it would not have happened. The kids or perhaps just the driver chose to initiate a police chase, not the police. Ask any police officer, they would much rather a car pull over when they initiate a stop. It is pretty easy to make sure you are never involved having the police chase you at high speeds, isn’t it? If you think you can outrun multiple police officers that have had training in how to drive at high speeds in fast police cars while you are driving a stolen Toyota and only have a couple years of driving experience, you’re not too bright and it’s not the police’s fault if you hit a tree and killed the children in the car.

      It is insane to try to blame the police, they did not steal a car and then take off in it, did they?

      • wllharrington

        Kathryn, I agree completely, if there are victims here it is the person(s) whose vehicle was stolen. The car was used by them probably for work, it was possibly the only family car and thus a major transportation problem for work. It is a major financial loss as well. Don’t waste your time sympathizing with a group of criminals who gave no thought to the harm they were causing.

    • JC

      Harri, you must be from Baltimore City; Always blame the cops. Most likely the cop was trying to perform a pit maneuver to stop the vehicle before they run a red light and kill someone. But it’s cool – lets blame the cops for the deaths because he chose to do his job and apprehend those who were in possession of a STOLEN vehicle. Damn Cops ~ .

  • Kramer

    Score 2, cops! Score 0, perps!

  • Truth Telling

    It’s 1:00 A.M. Do you know where your parents are? Too much coddling from parents who try to be their child’s ‘best friend.’ It doesn’t work.

  • Doug

    The reporting of this incident was terrible on channel 13 news this morning. The lead words were about police to blame, and the field reporter emphasizing the driver was just 16 years old.. The media blaming eveybody but the felons. And you wonder why people grow up with no personal resonsibilty for their actions. The media, along with WJZ news don’t help things at all.

    • bob

      These idiots act as if police were supposed to know the age of felonious car thieves at 1am in the morning before they have been stopped.

  • Taz

    I guess it did not end this way in the video games the perps played. Karma is going to get you in the end. Don`t blame the police for your lack of raising your children. Live by crime die by crime…..

  • Doug


  • Jim Percy

    OMG! are you serious? sure it’s a sad thing young ones lost their lives. Get real, do you expect police not to do their jobs? If it was in a crowded street, and i stress crowded, as in a large crowded metropolis city street, the police would stand off. But the children, who stole a car, AND evaded police should have had more sense. Even if the parents didn’t have enough sense to let their children know that police are there to stop law breakers. The fact that either the 16 or 18 year old would have had a license to drive, which would have taught that a police car, with light going and sirens going, behind you, should indicate you to pull over and stop. Even if they didn’t have a license, enough movie watching should have let them know to pull over. Cops chase you, pull over and deal with it. that simple. The police are not to blame in any manner. What is wrong with people today? Do you think that police are the bad guys? They are here to serve and protect. The children stole a car. Alright, if the parents didn’t teach them that, understand. BUT, when you see police lights and sirens going aloud behind you, you are taught to pull over. That is laid down with getting your drivers license. It is a shame children lost their lives, but the blame should be put on the parents of all the children, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for not raising their children in the correct manner. The police did no wrong in trying to serve and protect the public against these young wrong doers.

  • Yaspar

    “Teens,” eh? But no pics. Hmmm…

  • Mo

    No charges have been filed,Duh they are dead.If the Police made it a policy not to chase,can you imagine the crime.You liberals,if you hate cops next time you need help call a rapper.

  • worddust

    This is not a tradgedy it was an act of stupidity. Liberals should recognize this as a case of survival of the fittest and natural selection at its finest. The stupid cull themselves from evolutionary reproduction. As for those who blame the police let’s use a bit of SIMPLE logic. No stolen car = no car chase.

  • solid citizen

    That;s a terrible way to go

    Were these guys angelic Trayvon Martin wannabes?

    It seems the parents were pretty neglectful ( where the heck are the fathers, anyway?). 15 and 16 year-olds running around after midnight … in a stolen car no less. Did they have nice hoodies?

    It is tragic that the mothers couldn’t find the right men to help raise their boys. This tragedy might have been avoided with a small dose of parenting. On the other hand, would these boys have been any better than their apparently irresponsible fathers

    Don’t blame the cops on this one

    Quo warranto, B.O.?

  • m.A.

    Good riddance Negro’s.

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