14-year-old charged in connection with fatal KCK joyride

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A 14-year-old boy was charged Wednesday in connection to a car wreck that left one girl dead and another critically injured.

The teenager was charged with possession of stolen property. Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman said the boy has a history of stealing cars.

The District Attorney said he believed the car involved the accident at 12th and Dodson in Kansas City, Kan., had also been stolen.

When police arrived at the scene, they found two girls. One person was 14-year-old Casey Knight, who died from her injuries. The other girl, still unidentified, was critically injured.

Knight's family was in court Wednesday waiting to hear answers from the four teenagers who left the scene as to why they did not stay to help.

A witness, who lives nearby, Bill Keisling, has surveillance cameras on all sides of his house. His cameras captured video of at least three teens walking away from the scene. He said they said nothing to him as they walked by.
Knight's aunt, Mollie Anderson, was shaking with anger outside of the courthouse Wednesday.

"What they did was wrong," Anderson said.  "They were supposed to be friends."

The four teenagers, who all attend Turner Middle School, were in court Wednesday. The judge detained most of them on either house arrest or juvenile detention on previous, unrelated charges.

Gorman said it will take weeks to determine if charges will be filed in relation to the fatal car wreck and that the charges could range from homicide to leaving the scene of an injury accident.

A vigil for Casey is being held tonight at the Turner Recreation Complex.

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