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A 16-year-old Chicago boy killed early Sunday morning in a crash involving a stolen car—was connected to last week’s mugging of an elderly Burbank man, according to Burbank police.
The accident happen about 4:30 a.m. in north suburban Highland Park.
Authorities say the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the road and struck a tree. The Chicago Tribune reported the car was being pursued by law enforcement when it crashed.
According to a Highland Park Police Department press release, one passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. A second passenger was pronounced dead after being transported to Evanston Hospital.
The two passengers were fatally injured after being ejected from the car investigators said.
The condition of the driver was not immediately available. Highland Park Patch identified the man as Leonard A. Lemons, 18, Chicago.
Police said the vehicle involved in the accident was reported stolen on Dec. 4 from the 5300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago.
Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department said both of the deceased passengers are suspects in the robbery of a Burbank resident on Dec. 3.
“One of these subjects has been positively identified as an offender in last week's robbery,” Dudlo said. “The other subject was not identified, however he matches the description of the accomplice in the robbery.”
The incident took place in the 7800 block of South Moody Avenue. Police said two men attacked an elderly Burbank man and attempted to rob him as he was setting up Christmas decorations in his front yard. The suspects fled in a stolen minivan after a good Samaritan came to the aid of the man.
Dudlo said both of the deceased suspects lived in Chicago.
The stolen vehicle involved in the crash was not the stolen Dodge Caravan identified in the Burbank robbery. According to police, the vehicle that crashed in Highland Park was a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta.
Highland Park Patch reported that Lemons was charged with two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of aggravated driving under the influence involving an accident causing death and one count of unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle following the incident. Lemons has not been implicated in the Burbank robbery.
Police informed the Burbank robbery victim Monday afternoon of the demise of the suspects. Dudlo said, “The elderly victim in our incident was pleased to hear the offender has been removed from the streets.”