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Prosecutors: 13-Year-Old Boy Killed In Irvington Crash After Police Chase

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IRVINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A high-speed police chase in northern New Jersey came to a deadly conclusion Sunday night.

The incident began around 10 p.m. when Irvington Police spotted a 2000 Jaguar that had been taken during an armed carjacking earlier in the day, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Police tried to stop the driver for questioning, but he took off, leading officers on a chase into East Orange and Newark before heading back into Irvington, officials said.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports

Police said they reached speeds of 70 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

The chase ended after about 10 minutes, when the Jaguar struck a civilian car and a utility pole near Clinton and Sandford avenues, officials said.

“I just heard a loud boom,” witness Mike Masalino said. “The only thing I can honestly compare it to was it sounded like a plane hitting a house.”

A passenger in the stolen vehicle was killed in the crash. Prosecutors said Zion James, 13, of Newark, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other teenage boys were apprehended at the scene by officers.

A 17-year-old, from Irvington, as well as a 15-year-old and 14-year-old — both from Newark — have been charged in connection with the pursuit.

Authorities are not releasing the names of the juveniles because of their ages.

A handgun was also recovered in the Jaguar, prosecutors said.

A person in the civilian vehicle that was hit was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, prosecutors said.