Teen interviewed in crash that killed 12-year-old

December 29, 2009 3:11:50 PM PST
Police have a released a teenager who was questioned after a crash on the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx that killed a 12-year-old girl. Police say Kaitlin Booth was ejected from a GMC Envoy as it crashed through a fence near East Tremont Avenue. She was taken to Jacobi Hospital where she died.

"They have to bury their daughter now. That's their main concern -- burying their 12 year old child. What could be worse than that," said family friend, Chris Dixon.

Booth was an outgoing preteen and a straight A student at Villa Maria Academy, who loved hanging out with friends, people like Caitlin Dixon, a classmate with the same name and fiery red hair.

Chris Dixon says the girls were inseparable.

"This weekend we went for pizza and the movies, saw Blindside. Nice, normal things. P-J parties, kids stuff," DIxon said.

But what happened early Tuesday morning was anything but child's play.

"I was talking to her an hour before she got into the car and I didn't know she went. She didn't tell me anything," another friend, Elise Santiago, said.

Possibly because Kaitlin had snuck out of her home on Edison Avenue. Police suspect that she may have left with her neighbor, a 15 year old boy, who took the family's SUV without permission and went on a high speed joy ride.

Investigators say Kaitlin was a passenger, and that the boy lost control of the vehicle.

When crews arrived Kaitlin was lying on the sidewalk. She later died at the hospital.

The 15 year old told police at the 45th precinct that the SUV had mowed down him and the young girl, and that the men driving the truck had taken off on foot.

But officers were suspicious from the start. The SUV is registered to the same address where the boy lives.

Friends also weren't buying the story, claiming he had taken the SUV before.

Police questioned the boy for several hours Tuesday before releasing him. They said the investigation was continuing.