• Jan 2nd 2014 at 1:04PM
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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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      • 1 Year Ago
      for all the hateful comments here, you folks should be ashamed of yourselves. has none of us ever done something that we knew full well we shouldn't do, when we were young? or even as an adult, maybe???????? I know a great many adults who have the decision making capacity of these two youngsters. A tragic way to begin a new year, shame on those of you for the racist (SO NOT APPROPRIATE) and hateful, hurtful commentary. sickening. where is your friggin humanity, a golden retriever is more compassionate!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why are people always ready to blame the police? Good parenting means teaching kids that if and when a policeman tells them to stop, that they do it immediately. But then some people will always try to throw the blame on someone else for stupid actions. No one wants to accept responsibility for their bad decisions.
      jijjhnsn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bad parenting. How can they not know where their kids are that late in the night?
        douttfire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jijjhnsn
        Well, since the incident occurred at about 2 am, it's feasible. I fall asleep at about 10 or 11. I also have a set of jingle bells on my front and back doors so I can hear if the doors are opened.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jijjhnsn
        you and Sandi have to know each other....are you so fuc,,,ing perfect.....
      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.
      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.
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a bummer...no pictures of the accident.
      ceomjsp
      • 1 Year Ago
      God bless everyone involved... Rest in Peace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I stole my grandfathers car at 15 in 1981 and I was a good kid. The opportunity was there and I took it. Me and a friend made it over the Bayonne bridge to the Staten Island Mall, at the red light I turned the wheel all the way left (it was a left turn lane) when the light turned green I gunned it and spun around 180 degrees facing the now oncoming traffic. Needless to say I drove right back home since I found out right then and there I didn't really know how to drive. I was lucky, it wasn't the fault of any parent.. God help those parents.
      luvlyangel51
      • 1 Year Ago
      i truly dont understand how the parents did not know that these kids were missing?? I mean..its truly tragic that one died and the other one is severely injured..this tragedy will affect all concerned the rest of their lives...i feel that parents these days do not have enuf control over what their kids are doing..12 and 14 years of age still needs discipline and control..they are not adults..they are children..what a tragedy..i have sympathy for the parents of the dead child such a loss during a holiday that is supposed to be happy
        tigerroooo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luvlyangel51
        ineptitude.
        Aissa2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luvlyangel51
        Must be from another planet other than Earth. The fact that you feed your children, tuck them into bed with the idea that they will actually go to sleep is normal. A parent needs to sleep at some point, or should each parent take turns staying up for 24 hours. Only those without children and having more judgment than sense would not understand that when a child wants to do something without a parent's consent, because they fully know it would not be approved, they can be cunning, sneaky and very successful. The trite sympathy is not sincere. Why not just say it was the fault of the parents for being stupid enough to not know by intuition their son was not only going to so something illegal, resulting in death, and so much pain. Don't have remorse, it does not fit with the initial thoughts. Just be aware that parents are not perfect, even if there is a security guard, if one has a child, and they are persuaded by someone else, another child, they will find a way. How do you think children are lured away from their homes to be raped or killed????? DUH! Obviously, the fault of parents have been going on for centuries, and still occurring. IMO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luvlyangel51
        At 2:00 a.m. I suspect the parents were asleep. Have you ever been the parent of teenage children? Well, I have and some of them did sneak out without my knowledge while everyone else in the house was asleep. It happens and it's not necessarily the parents fault. However, with that said, I guess parents need to sleep with their car keys next to their bed. Oh, and even I snuck my mothers car out as a teenager. It wasn't difficult. Waited until everyone was asleep, pushed the car out of the driveway and into the road, started it, and left. Returned at 4:00 a.m. and noticed a light on in the house. The adventure ended with a 15 year old teenager having an extremely sore backside!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luvlyangel51
        Do you sleep?
        Sue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luvlyangel51
        and kids will do stupid things when partents are ASLEEP .... because they can. Even the best of children do stupid things......
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luvlyangel51
        It is very easy to think your kid is in his room in the late hours of the night, as it was the last time you saw him when you said goodnight and went to bed. Parents 'these days' have no more/no less control over their teens than 20, 40, 60 years ago. You raise them as best as you can and hope they know the line between something fun and something that could be dangerous, like what happened. Throughout the years, not all late night joyrides ended like this one, but it did happen this time, and you can't blame their parents or grandparents for the outcome.
      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.
      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?
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