Teen pinned under stolen car

Staff report


A teen was treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center for injuries suffered when a stolen car he was riding in hit a large pothole, flipped over, and he was pinned underneath the vehicle on the East Side early Friday.

Additionally two juveniles, Kristian Watts, 16, and Sterling Henry, 15, were both arrested on charges of receiving stolen property after police learned the car had been stolen from Austintown earlier Thursday evening. Both were taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

Firefighters managed to get the car off Rashweem Aponte, 16, after it crashed about 1:05 a.m. on Orrin Avenue, and he was taken to the hospital. From there he was flown to Akron Children’s Hospital. There was no word late Friday from police whether Aponte was charged.

Reports said when officers arrived, the car was smoking and a pair of feet were sticking out from underneath the car. Several people also were standing around, reports said.

After the car was flipped off Aponte, the people standing around denied being in the vehicle until Aponte’s mother told police her son was the person trapped under the car — and she told officers who was with her son, reports said.

Henry at first denied being in the car, but later admitted being the driver, reports said. Reports said Henry told police he picked up Watts and a fourth teen. Henry said Aponte was in the passenger seat when the car flipped over. None of them was wearing seat belts.

Reports said Watts told police Henry hit a large pothole and that’s when the car began to lose control.

Watts and Henry also were taken to St. Elizabeth and treated before they were released to police. The fourth teen was adamant he was not in the car, and police were to continue interviewing him.

An Austintown police report said the car was taken from a home in the 4500 block of Kirk Road about 9:20 p.m. Thursday. The car’s owner, a Youngstown woman, said she parked her car at her mother’s home and went inside but left the keys inside the vehicle. When she came back outside about a minute later, the car was gone, reports said.

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