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One Michigan boy is dead and another hospitalized with serious injuries after a late-night joyride on Tuesday ended in a crash.

Brandon Burr, 14, snuck out with his best friend, 12-year-old Adrian Chiquito, for a joyride in his grandfather's car near Niles, Mich.

Police told WOOD-TV 8 that Burr was speeding when he lost control of the vehicle on slick roads. They crashed into a tree just after 2 a.m. about a mile from the home their two families shared. Witnesses told the news outlet the force of the accident split the car in half.

The boy's families said they had no idea the boys had snuck out until the police where knocking on their door. Chiquito died at the scene. Burr suffered head injuries and a shattered pelvis, but appears to be improving.


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      Gary Miller
      • 1 Year Ago
      MY only child; my daughter, was killed in a car accident when she was only 17. She was with her boyfriend who was playing "tickle" while driving and ran into the back of a van going only 35 miles an hour. NO alchahol, drugs, or speed was involved. Just messing around while driving. Kids just don't get it...that Cars are huge machines able to cause bodily damage very quickly. I pray for this family because I know what they are going through. The death of your child is unreal, unbelievable, and takes years to wrap your brain around the fact that you will never see them again. It's very sad.
      manmann26
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well my opinion about the situation I think he need to be jailed for that crime he knew better and he knew how dangerous it is to operate a vehicle without a licensed his parents up there crying with those fake ass tears they don't even look like they really crying
        dkelly2559
        • 1 Year Ago
        @manmann26
        I sincerely hope you never have to experience such a tragedy. With your heartless reply you deserve no sympathy
          rabidrhinotroy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dkelly2559
          don't fret shizzay zay.we still got 7 billion more before we get critical.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @manmann26
        These are the parents of the 12 year old that died, not the 14 year old who was driving.
        jcollins1142
        • 1 Year Ago
        @manmann26
        They were 12 and 14 years old. Old enough to know they weren't supposed to be out but at that age they don't fully understand the dangers.To them driving looks easy, just point and steer. Think back to when you were that age and all the plans we made. We had no clue
      • 1 Year Ago
      maybe, for what i hear how the boy that died was, he DID deserve to go early. people think too shallow. what if God saw this kid is too good for this world, and wanted to take him to a better place? i am sure THATS what REALLY happened.
        Fran and Capp
        • 1 Year Ago
        I know what your game is milenakoncar. You and your liberal friends post crazy stuff like this pretending to be converatives with a goal of making the republican party look loony. I'm on to you. Post what you really think coward.
          fentex5
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Fran and Capp
          Hahahahahaha. You wrong wing extremists tend to be even dumber than you sound. This critique of you is coming from a person who is as middle of the road in my politics as a person could possibly be. Both extremes are offensive in their own ways. The biggest difference is that people on your extreme end of the spectrum tend to be heavily armed.
          fvleo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Fran and Capp
          The Republican Party ghas never in my lifetime needed any help to sound looney and I'm 66 years old. You guys started with Goldwater and today he almost seems reasonable. Listen to your OWN politicians and tell me you guys aren't looney. Your cleverness and perception are overwhelmingly Republican in quality.
          Nancy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Fran and Capp
          The Republican party needs NO help in looking looney. The GOP does a good job of that all by themselves. So you are still wondering why you Repugnants lost the election?
        fentex5
        • 1 Year Ago
        Will you thumpers ever join the real world? Religion for yourself is one thing. Religion for me is another thing. I keep my religious beliefs to myself. Those beliefs are based on using the writings in the original bible as guideposts for living. I do not preach at other people. Nor do I pretend to know what God thinks. That's not my job. Who are you to tell other people what God thinks about a particular event? And, who are you to tell us what "REALLY happened"? It is very possible for people--myself in particular--to have empathy for others who are experiencing tragedies. But, there is no way that I or many others would be so ignorant and lacking in the social graces to say something like: "he DID deserve to go early. people think too shallow. what if God saw this kid is too good for this world, and wanted to take him to a better place". STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPID!
        nilosam
        • 1 Year Ago
        step on his mom's heart now or later................
      majc0126
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kids do dumb stuff . I'm so sorry that this ended so badly. Prayers and thoughts for the families and of course for the deceased young man. Very sad :-(
      joehennes
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is obvious the boys did not intend to go out and die that night. It is equally obvious that they were not terribly concerned about consequences from their parents for getting caught. Just thinking about what Dad would have done had I snuck out in the middle of the night and taken the car when I was 14 scares the crap out of me: and I'm 50 and Dad is five years in the ground. Unfortunately for these boys the consequences for being stupid play no favorites. Just sad all the way around.
      Kim
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is very sad. I am so sorry for the loss of a young life. Children have and always will sneak out but it is sad when it ends in death.
      bbh907
      • 1 Year Ago
      So many comments blaming the parents.These kids snuck out of their house after everyone was asleep and stole a car to go joyriding.Just how is this the parents fault?
      RouteUS66Busload
      • 1 Year Ago
      Use CLUB LOCK on steering wheel(s), install battery disable switch. Hide your keys daily basis with a chain! If a kid can find your hidden cookie jar then they can find your hidden keys to the car/SUV/Truck even a Cessna aircraft.
        hpycmpr155
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RouteUS66Busload
        Are you trying to keep your car away from car thieves and criminals or your own kids? That is RIDICULOUS!!!!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love a story with a happy ending.
      Hey Girl
      • 1 Year Ago
      So sad I know kids will be kids but when you hear about an out come like this makes you remember how precious life is and to make sure your own children know what can happen. Pray that both families find peace at this time for the pain of one son suffering and on losing his best friend and to the other family for their loss of their son
        hanna vanhoose
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hey Girl
        hey girl, it is so nice to read a decent reply to this tragic situation. I too pray for peace and comfort to both families. the above post be elrod just infuritates me here. this very young boy should not have tried the car out but being young and foolish, he did and that is not the issue here. it is the pain and suffering that both familes now go thru and the boys were good friends. I think this is two good families who have just been hurt terribly by an unwanted event, but my prayers go out to them and I ask god to help them ignore the hurtful people on here pasing judgement. the hurt here is powerful and lasting and both familes need everyones prayers, not condemnation. thank you for such a caring post.
      Nancy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, that's sad. Brandon is looking at criminal charges & not even old enough to drive yet. What makes someone think it's okay to steal someone's car & go for a 'joy ride'? SMH RIP Adrian
      Vimala Nowlis
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a terrible tragedy. BUT... Why would the 12 years old boy snuck out of the house to go joyride with a 14 years old in the middle of the night? If the 14 years old would steal his grandfather's car to go speeding with a friend, he cannot possibly be a responsible kid in other areas of his life and must have shown signs of being irresponsible and untrustworthy. How can he be allowed to go near a 12 years old and be best friends? Why didn't the boy's parents monitor his friends to make sure they are up to par? I monitored everything my daughter did before she left for college. I insisted that she learn how to think as soon as she turned 8. I met all her friends and their parents to make sure they are responsible and trustworthy and up to my standard. I met all her teachers and teacher's aids to make sure they know I am watching. I chaparoned all her activities. I made sure she know everything she does has consequences. Yes, I am a tiger mom. But, better be safe then sorry!
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