Sad. Just Sad: An Iowa teen filled and fled and now his friend is dead because of his actions, according to Ames police. Police say 18-year-old Kaleb Hoversten had two friends in the car when he drove off from a gas station without paying, raced 90-miles-per-hour to try to get away from police, collided with an SUV, killing his friend. All for $52.62 in gas.
Here’s the release from Ames PD:
On Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 1:07a.m., Ames Police received a report of a gas drive off at the Kum & Go located at 4506 Lincoln Way. It was reported that a white male wearing a black shirt and driving a purple Firebird had left the store without paying for $52.62 in gas. Shortly after receiving this call, an Ames police officer located a vehicle and driver matching this description traveling eastbound on Lincoln Way at Hayward. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his emergency lights and siren. After the officer activated his emergency lights and siren, the vehicle accelerated to a speed estimated to be in excess of 90 mph. At that point, the officer decreased his speed and followed the vehicle at a distance.
The driver continued at a high rate of speed eastbound on Lincoln Way. The Firebird then collided with a 1997 Toyota 4Runner at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Duff Avenue. The Firebird was occupied by three individuals. One of the occupants was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. He was identified as Brice Nelson, age 16, of Nevada. The driver of the Firebird was identified as Kaleb Hoversten, age 18, of Ames. Hoversten was treated and released from Mary Greeley Medical Center for minor injuries. The other passenger of the Firebird was identified as Tori Page, age 14, of Nevada. Page was transferred to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. The driver of the Toyota was identified as William Schroeder, age 38, of Ames. Schroeder was transferred to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
The driver of the Firebird, Kaleb Hoversten, was charged with Vehicular Homicide, a class C Felony, Driving Under Suspension, a simple misdemeanor and Theft 5th, a simple misdemeanor. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Investigation continues by the Ames Police Department and the Iowa State Patrol. Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to contact the Ames Police Department at (515) 239-5133