The unlicensed teen driver of a stolen car that smashed into Miami Dade Colleges Liberty City campus blamed the deadly crash on a brake and steering malfunction, according to the arrest affidavit.
Stanley Georges, 16, faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of the wreck that left one person dead and three others in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Witnesses said the speeding four-door Lincoln sedan, reported stolen Aug. 18, spun out of control on Northwest Seventh Avenue and slammed into the campus entrance before bursting in flames, barely missing people at a nearby bus stop. Pieces of the car scattered across the sidewalk and street. One witness ran to the car to see whether he could help.
I guess he tried to miss some of the guys at the bus stop, Rodney Payne told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.
He veered and tried to turn away from them, but at the rate of speed he was going, it caused the car to spin. He spun out of control. By the time he got any kind of control over it, it was too late because he was headed straight into the college, Payne said. Boom, he hits the college. The car crumpled and immediately caught on fire.
George climbed out through the sun roof, flagged down a passing vehicle and asked for a ride. The teens family called for an ambulance soon after he made it home, according to the arrest report..
He told hospital staff his injuries were from a fight, police said.
Georges stepmother later took him to the Miami police station where investigators questioned him about the crash.
He initially denied any involvement.
After he was, confronted by overwhelming evidence and with statements from witnesses and passengers, he finally admitted he was the driver, according to the police report.
Classes at Miami Dade Colleges Liberty City campus resumed a regular schedule Wednesday, a day after the crash near the entrance.