Gustavo Hernandez: Texas teen was live-streaming joyride in stolen Audi moments before FATAL CRASH
A 13-year-old boy was killed and three other juveniles were injured after they live-streamed a joyride in a stolen Audi which later collided with a patrol car and a traffic pole on Wednesday, June 22. The dead teen was identified as Gustavo Ray Hernandez from Abilene in Texas. According to local officials, the adolescent who was driving the stolen vehicle is now facing a murder accusation. An inquiry was launched early on Wednesday, according to the Abilene Police Department in Texas, when a worried parent called them at 3:40 am. According to a press release from the police, the worried parents alleged their son and others were live-streaming on social media while driving a stolen Audi. The 2018 Audi S5 coupe's security system had previously notified police of a car crash, but cops were unable to locate the car.
After receiving the parents' call, it was assumed that the teens were on their way to the Dallas region. A local sheriff's department was called about a burglary at a grocery store in Clyde around 3:57 am that the youngsters were allegedly involved in. The press release states that ten minutes later, authorities saw the Audi at a hotel, where it struck an empty patrol vehicle before swerving away. Minutes afterward, the police described a "major" automobile collision in which the stolen Audi was involved. According to the Abilene Police Department, the automobile struck a traffic pole at a high speed.
Four teenagers, including two 13-year-olds, one 14-year-old, and one 15-year-old, were discovered inside the car. While three of the teens were rushed to the hospital, 13-year-old Hernandez succumbed to his injuries. The14-year-old sustained burn injuries as a result of the collision, while the 15-year-old was given non-life-threatening medical attention.
The driver was hurt as well, but was treated at a hospital on Wednesday and then arrested. According to a police update from Abilene, the 13-year-old driver of the stolen Audi will be charged with homicide. He is being detained at the Taylor County Juvenile Detention Facility on further accusations of theft of property, eluding arrest, and a warrant for his arrest.
One of Hernandez's pals expressed shock at his death at such a young age. "It hurts so bad that he isn't coming back," Jacob Golden, 15, told local news station KTAB/KRBC. Golden claimed that he and his buddies were horrified and in tears when they learned the news. He continued by expressing his sympathy for the boy's family. "I can't bear the feeling of them losing their son like that and our friend," he said. Even though the news is upsetting, Golden said it should serve as a warning to other adolescents. "You can grieve about it, but don't let it eat you up," he said. "Make it motivate you to do better for your life."
UPDATE: 13-year-old killed after teens crash stolen Audi in north Abilene https://t.co/KpEMQDv3Tk— KTAB News (@KTABTV) June 22, 2022
Hernandez's family started a GoFundMe and has already raised more than $6,000 of its $7,000 target. A few donations offered encouragement to the family during this terrible time.