Four adolescents were killed in a rollover crash in western New York early Monday, and two others were hurt.
According to authorities, the crash may have been related to a TikTok challenge.
Just after 6:30 a.m., a speeding Kia carrying six passengers, all teens, collided with a wall on Route 33 in Buffalo, according to Buffalo police.
On Sunday night, the automobile had been reported as stolen.
Except for the driver, all teenagers were thrown from the car. Four of them, ranging in age from 14 to 17, died.
One traveler is currently receiving severe treatment after being transferred to a hospital.
The 16-year-old driver was also taken to the hospital but later released.
The group may have been taking part in the infamous “Kia Challenge,” a TikTok challenge that encourages people to steal specific Hyundai and Kia models with key-based ignition systems by using a USB cord and a screwdriver, according to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, who spoke to reporters on Monday.
The auto thieves then publish videos of themselves behind the wheel of their stolen cars.
Charges of criminal possession of the stolen property and illegal vehicle use were brought against Kia’s driver.
He must return to court on November 15.
According to spokeswoman Kait Munro of the Erie County district attorney’s office, additional charges may yet be brought.