- The boys are accused of stealing a sedan and crashing it into a pickup truck, killing six-month-old Cristian Uvidia and injuring his sisters and mother
- Despite the severity of their actions, the two boys were each charged with misdemeanors of criminal trespassing for the theft of the car
- Police said their charges could be upgraded pending further investigation
A pair of teenage Chicago boys are facing misdemeanor charges after they stole a car and then crashed in to a family at an intersection, killing their six-month-old son.
The boys, aged 14 and 17, each face a single count of criminal trespassing over the incident, but police said those charges could be upgraded pending a further investigation into the crash.
Police say the two boys were speeding down West Washington Road in a stolen Hyundai sedan when they tore through an intersection and collided with a pickup truck at about 5pm on April 16.
In the pickup was the infant Cristian Uvidia and his family. The baby was killed in the wreck, while her mother and two older sisters remain hospitalized from their injuries.
The tragedy was just the latest example of criminal chaos which has consumed Chicago in recent years under the watch of District Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office has dismissed thousands of violent felony cases since she was sworn in in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.
Cristian’s family recalled the boy as being happy and full of life.
‘He always had this big smile on his face, he loved to sing and dance,’ cousin Analisse Rivera told WGN9.
‘It’s been a rough few days, it’s felt like ten years,’ she said. ‘This is like truly all of our worst nightmares.’
After the collision, neighbors rushed outside to pull Cristian out of the car and attempt CPR.
‘Unfortunately, he was brain dead, and then the next day he passed,’ Rivera said.
‘They stole a car, and they stole our entire lives in that one instant. I don’t know what the price of the car was, but I’m sure it wasn’t equivalent to the life of a child.’
‘Heaven has the most beautiful angel right now, and we know we’ll see him again one day,’ she said.
There were two others riding in the car with the 14 and 17 year old boys. Their identity is unknown, and it remains unclear if they will face any charges.