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13 year-old boy dies in crash in Albany after attempted traffic stop

A 13-year-old boy died in a crash following an attempted traffic stop in Albany Monday night.

Albany Police say the boy was riding in a stolen vehicle with five others ranging in age from 13 to 15 in the city's Arbor Hill neighborhood when officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

According to officials, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop and fled before striking another motorist. The vehicle continued on before coming to a rest near a building.

The unidentified 13-year-old sustained serious injuries and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The Albany City School District says the teenager was a student at William S. Hackett Middle School.

"The William S. Hackett Middle School community is deeply saddened by the death of one of its students in a tragic car accident Monday evening," District Superintendent Kaweeda Adams said in a statement Tuesday. "Our Crisis Response Team, consisting of student support professionals from our Pupil Personnel Services team, is on campus and will be available for all students and employees throughout the day. Students and employees who would like to speak to someone in a private setting are able to contact their school counselor or ask any member of the Crisis Response Team for support. We also are encouraging families to talk with their children as they may have questions and worries about this loss. Discussing thoughts and feelings is important in helping young people work through loss. We mourn the loss of this young life, and our hearts go out to the family in this time of grief."

APD said the driver and other occupants were taken into custody. The driver was described as not appearing to be injured. Details were not provided on the other occupants of the vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.