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Teen fleeing cops crashes car; Youngstown boy, 9, killed

Published: Sat, July 16, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



A teenage boy driving a stolen car and running from police is responsible for the Thursday night accident that killed a 9-year-old city boy.

The 16-year-old suspect is at the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center on Scott Street, but police are not releasing his name until they confer with prosecutors about what charges he will face.

According to Officer Brian Booksing, the 9-year-old was riding in a Ford Explorer on West Boston Avenue on the city’s South Side with his 27-year-old mother, Tammy Sadler of Youngstown, at 11:21 p.m. when a Ford Taurus driven by the teen went through a stop sign at Hudson Avenue and hit the truck.

Sadler and an 11-year-old girl, Tabrasia Gray, were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center after the accident. Sadler’s son was ejected from the truck and killed in the accident, but police are not releasing his name until the family has been properly notified.

The unidentified teen suspect also was taken to St. Elizabeth after the accident, but he was treated and released to police custody.

Lt. Brian Butler of the police department’s internal-affairs division said the teen was driving a stolen car and trying to elude police when the accident took place. Internal affairs is investigating.

“We are in the very preliminary stages of the investigation. It was a stolen vehicle, and the chase was very brief,” he said.

Booksing said the car had been reported stolen Wednesday from the 3200 block of Market Street.

Mayor Jay Williams said he was told by police Chief Jimmy Hughes that an officer spotted a stolen car Thursday. Before the officer could get into position to pursue the vehicle, however, it turned and sped away. The officer followed and came upon the accident.

“It wasn’t even a pursuit,” the mayor said. “It was less than a minute.”

Efforts to reach Police Chief Jimmy Hughes for more details were unsuccessful Friday night.


1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago


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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I see legal ramifications here under the heading of availability and culpability . If alcohol is available to minors there is the issue of culpability . Cars in the hands of minors are very deadly as can be seen by the outcome of this accident and more so than just an intoxicated minor without the car . The owner of the car had an obligation to compromise the availability of that car . This wasn't done as the minor had no difficulty in acquiring it . This young man's mother should retain legal council to ensure that his victimization is adequately compensated .

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3fcb(389 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

You watch. Some one will turn this thing around and blame every thing on the cop. I can hear it now. Why was the cop chasing him? He should not have been in pursuit. All that BS.

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4LargeCar(6 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Stan, if I have a car in my back yard, locked, is that available? Have I done everything I could? As long as my keys are not readily-at-hand, am I OK?

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

It is common knowledge that juveniles are enticed by cars . Unless your car was electronically disabled or locked in a garage it would be available to the juvenile who could walk up to it, peel the steering column and go . Chump change would pay for an electronic disabling device compared to the damages resulting from the teen driving off with it . Of course you could go with GM and ONSTAR which would track by GPS and shut the car down in a safe area .


We can remotely block your ignition, making it impossible to restart the vehicle once it's turned off.

An Advisor can work with the police to send a signal to your vehicle, forcing it to gradually and safely slow down.

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6Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

In Youngstown the use of the racecard is blown out of proportion . OJ used it to his advantage to avoid being victimized with jail time and being forced to pay large sums of money in restitution . The man who stole his wife had family who sued OJ in civil court and won . In Youngstown it's all about the Blacks being harrassed for petty crimes . They don't have the money resources that were available to OJ to put them at risk financially . Nobody will sue you if there is no money to be gained . You can't garnish a welfare check . . ..

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7mattie(2 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I agree, kids are allowed to much freedom. They probably will try to blame the policeman, but I believe there was no pursuit either. This kid needs charged as an adult- you want to commit "big man" crimes- you pay the big man price when caught!!! ALSO REMEMBER THIS: Buckle your kids up when in a car! I am a nurse and I have seen the results of being ejected from a car with adults and cannot imagine what this poor little boy went through. I think they need to make this 16 year-old punk review the autopsy photos!

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8Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

dodge2002 :

"Hey Stan Why should I have to buiy added protection for my car if this boy was brought up right he would respect other people property. But they have been raised to believe they are entitled to all things , no matter what or who's it is."

This boy is exploring his world and society owes it to him . Protection from the dangers in his environment is a matter of law . This electronic disabling tool is cheap insurance to retain control of the automobile and prevent its easy availability to teenagers . The boy has become a victim because the owner of the automobile failed to properly secure it .

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9reanaboo16(1 comment)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

this is my lil brother , he was loved by so many . So for this too be said , all I want to let it be known . Even doe he was out late , in the car with his mom ! I dont see whats bad about that he was with his mom . . . . . . . But Im not going too trip , just know he is loved & R.I.P. Lil Bro . You will always be missed R.I.P 07.15.11 . Love ya .

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago


Police were chasing Allen Jerome Thompson, 16, of Trumbull Court in Liberty, who they say was driving a stolen car west on East Boston Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

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11CongressWatcher(216 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago


This is no one's fault but the 16 year old hoodlum who steals cars and runs from police cars and now kills innocent people. It is no one's business why your brother was in the car. He was with his mother and had every right to be driven safely on the streets of the city.
I hope you can overcome this terrible and senseless loss. God bless.

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12lilgandee(103 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Sad for the little boy and his family. My sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

@rOn-spot on you are! These kids today get away with everything. Government should stay out of our homes: we can decide what our children need, how to help them with weight and video game control. I love the idea of parents being held responsible also. RESPECT and do unto others as you want done to you.

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