15-year-old from Utica damages five cars in crash at Sangertown Square Mall

A 15-year-old girl from Utica allegedly caused damage to five vehicles after speeding through the Sangertown Square Mall parking lot and crashing. The teen and a passenger then attempted to evade police on a Centro bus and we apprehended by security officers.

New Hartford Police say they were called to the Sangertown Square Mall Friday around 10:40 a.m. for a multi-car accident in the mall parking lot near Dick's Sporting Goods.

Police say the driver of a 2003 BMW sedan, a 15-year-old Utica girl, was driving at an excessive speed in the parking lot. Shelost control of the car and hit a second car, a 2008 Honda CRV that was driving through the parking lot.

After hitting the car, the teen continued on and hit a parked 2004 Dodge pick-up truck. The girls BMW went underneath the pick-up truck, lifting the rear of the truck off of the ground about 4 feet.

Police say the force of the crash pushed the pick-up truck forward and sideways, causing it to crash into three other parked cars - a 2010 Mazda sedan, a 2008 Hyundai minivan and a 2008 Subaru sedan.

The BMW stopped after it became wedged underneath the pick-up truck. After the car stopped, the driver and a 14-year-old female passenger got out of the car. They then reportedly ran from the scene and into the mall.

Police say the teens eventually made it to the mallâ??s bus stop and got on a Centro bus. The bus began to depart from the mall with the girls aboard it when a mall contractor was made aware of the incident and stopped the bus.

Security officers from Saegertown Square Mall were then able to approach the girls and detain them for police.

Police say three of the six vehicles involved were extensively damaged and had to be towed from the scene. A portion of the mall parking lot had to be closed while the scene was cleared of wreckage.

Any charges that may be filed related to the incident will be filed by police juvenile aid officers due to the age of the teens involved. Police say the accident investigation is complex and may take several days.