The 16-year-old driver of a stolen vehicle involved in a police chase and fatal crash in Chevy Chase last month died in a hospital March 28.
Reynard Osman, 16, of Washington, D.C., was driving the Toyota Echo in the area of Connecticut Avenue and East West Highway early March 23 when a county officer ran the vehicle’s tags and determined it was stolen, said Officer Janelle Smith, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.
The Echo attempted to flee before the officer made an attempt to pull it over, leading to a brief chase before the stolen car struck a tree as it entered Chevy Chase Circle, Smith said. The car caught fire and police were able to save Osman and the vehicle’s front seat passenger before they were forced to abandon rescue efforts, she said.
With Osman’s death, the front seat passenger, Reeco Richardson, 18, is the only survivor of the crash, Smith said. Both back seat passengers, Emanuel Nelson, 16, and Tyree Nelson, 14, were killed when the car was engulfed in flames.
Richardson, of the 6000 block of Sligo Mill Road, NE in Washington, D.C., was treated and released after the crash, police said.
Detectives have yet to file any charges after the crash, Smith said. Specialists from the department’s Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating the crash and the circumstances leading up to the pursuit, she said.