12-year-old boy killed, 3 others hurt in Olympia Fields crash
BY SAM CHARLES Staff Reporter November 27, 2013 10:38PM
Updated: November 28, 2013 10:03PM
A 12-year-old boy was killed Wednesday afternoon when an underage driver lost control of a car full of children and sped into a tree in south suburban Olympia Fields.
Armani Kreamer, of Olympia Fields, was pronounced dead at St. James Hospital a short time after the car he was riding in left the road way and struck the tree along a quiet residential street, authorities said.
Three other children in the car, including the driver, also were injured in the crash at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Brookwood Terrace, according to Olympia Fields Police. All were under the legal driving age of 16, police said.
Armani’s mother, Regina Anderson, told WBBM-Channel 2 News that she hopes other youngsters can learn from her son’s death.
“I just want the other children to understand, because they were all too young to be in the car together,” Anderson told Channel 2. “A 13-year-old driving? You don’t know what to say. There’s nothing you can do but pray.”
Anderson said she initially wanted to grieve privately, but met later with reporters to deliver a message: “If other kids see the tragedy, they’ll think first,” she told Channel 2.
The three other children were initially taken to St. James Hospital in Olympia Fields and Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest. They were later transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said.
Olympia Fields Police launched an investigation into the crash, but had released few details by Thursday evening.
The police department declined to release the ages and genders of the other occupants of the car and could not say whether the children wore seat belts.
Contributing: Bryan Slodysko