The video shows a group of teenagers taking off after crashing into a stolen Kia on a highway in Minnesota.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What happened during the crash?
Traffic camera footage shows a stolen vehicle crashing into a median while attempting to avoid a police spike strip.
The video also shows four young people jumping out of a smoking car and running to the other side of the road, where police arrested them.
A 14-year-old boy and three girls aged 15-17 have all been detained.
According to a police spokesperson, the incident occurred at 5:30 p.m. when the Minneapolis car rental company reported to St Paul Police that the 2021 Kia Forte had been stolen.
The company also noted that the vehicle was heading to St. Paul according to the vehicle’s GPS tracker.
I think there was talk in local news this summer about how Kia and Hyundai models are being targeted because they don’t automatically come with an anti-theft system.
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Also, Fox 9’s ‘St. Paul Police called for help from a State Patrol helicopter. The pilot uses the coordinates of the GPS tracker to determine the St. I found the car when it stopped on Paul’s Portland and Dale streets.’
Moreover, as the police approached, the teenage driver speeded from a residential area onto a highway.
The aforementioned incident is most likely inspired by the viral TikTok video of the so-called ‘Kia Boys’.
The video captures a group of teenagers stealing a Kia and running on a Minnesota highway. All four were arrested: a 14-year-old boy and three girls aged 15-17. https://t.co/dhF6EOvE35
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A Milwaukee-based group shows off an easy way to hotwire a vehicle with only the help of a USB cable.
Lawyers across the country have expressed concern about the viral TikTok trend that is said to have begun in 2021.
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Kia and Hyundai Motors officials are explaining the situation.
Manufacturers of Kia and Hyundai have released official statements about the recent car theft case.
Kia said ‘Kia America is aware of an increasing number of vehicle thefts in some trim levels. All 2022 models and trims have immobilizers applied at the beginning of the year or running changes. All vehicles sold in the United States meet or exceed federal automotive safety standards.’
Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor Company said, ‘Hyundai Motor America is concerned about the increase in local car theft. The safety and well-being of our customers and communities is and will continue to be our top priority. The vehicle meets or exceeds federal automotive safety standards, and engine immobilizers are standard equipment on all modern new vehicles.’