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4 teens, including young mom, dead in crash after taking on viral ‘Kia challenge,’ police suggest

  • Four of the six teens who allegedly stole a Kia on Sunday night were killed in a car crash in Buffalo’s 198/33 interchange in New York on Monday morning. 
  • Authorities believe the accident might be linked to the TikTok "Kia challenge," which encourages car theft.
  • The victims were identified as Marcus Webster, 19; Swazine Swindle, 17; Kevin Payne, 16; and Ahjanae Harper, 14. Harper, who would have turned 15 on Nov. 1, was the mother of an infant girl.
  • The driver, a 16-year-old boy, was treated in the hospital and taken into police custody shortly after. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and is expected to be arraigned on Friday.
  • A 15-year-old girl, identified as the fifth passenger, was taken to Erie County Medical Center and listed in good condition.
  • “Kia is aware of the recent trend amongst our youth — encouraged by social media — that target certain Kia cars with a steel key and 'turn-to-start' ignition systems. In many cases, the vehicles are stolen solely for the purpose of operating in a reckless and dangerous manner,” Kia America wrote in a statement released following the incident.

Four teens, including a young mother, were killed in a car crash in Buffalo early this week in what authorities believe might be a result of the TikTok “Kia challenge,” which encourages car theft.

The incident occurred on the 198/33 interchange in Buffalo, New York, on Monday morning. All five passengers were ejected from their seats after crashing a Kia that was reported stolen Sunday night. Four of the six teens, identified as Marcus Webster, 19; Swazine Swindle, 17; Kevin Payne, 16; and Ahjanae Harper, 14, were killed in the accident.