12-Year-Old Georgia Boy Killed in Crash After Highway Chase Involving State Trooper

Leden Boykins.

A 12-year-old boy from Georgia was killed after the vehicle he was in flipped during a chase involving a state trooper on Friday, and his grieving mother says police should have stopped pursuing the vehicle because there were children in it.

A statement by police indicated the driver is suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol, and he now faces homicide-related charges for allegedly causing the boy’s death.

Leden Boykins died after a Georgia State Patrol trooper followed Charlie Moore’s vehicle during a highway chase and then used a tactic commonly called a PIT maneuver to end the pursuit, police said.

Leden was a passenger in Moore’s vehicle along with Moore’s teen son, according to a report from WXIA in Atlanta. Police said Moore’s Kia Sorento overturned after a pursuing trooper used the PIT, which is when a police vehicle clips the rear of a vehicle to make it spin out.

“He was robbed of his life,” Leden’s mother, Toni Franklin-Boykins, told NBC News on Monday. “It was a very bad decision on their part.”

“They could have called that off,” she said of the high-speed pursuit.

Georgia State Patrol said in an email on Monday that Moore, 35, was initially pulled over shortly after 1 a.m. by a trooper for speeding.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Antonio Planas

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