Oakland Teen Killed When Car Crashes Into Funeral Home

A 17-year-old passenger in a speeding Toyota was killed when the car crashed outside a funeral home on Oakland's Telegraph Avenue on Monday night, according to police.

The crash was reported just before 10 p.m. in the 3600 block of Telegraph Avenue in the city's Pill Hill neighborhood. A 17-year-old boy was found dead in a rear passenger seat of the crumpled car. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Investigators believe the car was speeding south on Telegraph in the left lane. When the driver moved to the right lane, the car jumped the curb, crashed into several parking meters and a palm tree, rolled over and stopped outside Fouche's Hudson Funeral Home at 3665 Telegraph Ave.

A woman walking nearby was hit either by the vehicle or flying debris as the car crashed and was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

Witnesses told police the driver and several passengers jumped out of the car and ran away after it crashed.

Police are trying to track them down. Oakland police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a $10,000 reward for an arrest in the case. Anyone with information has been asked to call the department's traffic investigation unit at (510) 777-8570.

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