Alabama teen killed in crash was running from police, authorities say

Published 1:47 pm Wednesday, September 6, 2023

An Alabama teen who was killed early Monday was reportedly running from police, state media reported.

Decatur police said an officer tried to stop a vehicle at approximately 2:40 a.m. Monday on Highway 67.

Officers said the drive did not stop and led police on a pursuit into Lawrence County when the driver eventually lost control and struck a tree.

The teen was identified as Jaiden DeJarnett, 16, of Harvest, Alabama. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was reportedly a student and football player at Sparkman High School.