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Four teenagers were killed in an accident while trying to participate in TikTok’s “Kia Challenge”


Four teenagers were killed in a Buffalo car crash – with a young mother in the middle of the victims – while attempting a dangerous new act TikTok A challenge in which participants steal cars using only a USB cord and a screwdriver.

On Tuesday, WGRZ Confirmed identities of victims: Marcus Webster, 19, Swazine Swindle, 17, Kevin Payne, 16, and Ahjanae Harper, 14. Four people were killed when the stolen Kia they were driving crashed into Monday morning. pushed them and another passenger out, leaving only two survivors.

Teens who crashed after hooking up a hotline had their cars stolen as part of TikTok’s “Kia Challenge,” authorities say

The driver of the stolen car, 16, was treated at a nearby hospital and has now been released. Another passenger, a 14-year-old girl, remained at the Erie County Medical Center in good condition.

The teenagers took part in the “Kia Challenge”, where TikTok used Kia models made between 2011 and 2012 and Hyundai models from 2015 to 2021, and went for a fun ride on locked car.

Older models had a loophole where the vehicle could be started after the bar under the mast near the steering column was removed, allowing anyone to enter an unlocked vehicle and steal it, usually driving. exceed 90 mph.

The 16-year-old Kia driver, charged Sunday night, has been charged with unlawful use of the vehicle and possession of stolen property and will appear in court next month.

Young mother, 14, among dead after deadly car crash inspired by TikTok Viral Challenge

Among the dead was a young mother, 14-year-old Ahjanae Harper, who had just welcomed a baby girl, according to a local interviewer in a video shared on Twitter.

“She was a young mother,” the man recalls. “She definitely spent a lot of time with her daughter.”

Harper will celebrate her 15th birthday on November 1, according to A GoFundMe set up by her family on Tuesday. As of Thursday, the fundraiser has raised $1,858 $15,000 target.

The investigation into the fatal crash is still ongoing, according to authorities.

Buffalo police commissioner says TikTok challenge brought attention in car theft

On Monday, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said law enforcement has seen an increase in vehicle thefts since the defiance went viral earlier this summer.

However, experts say that most people online won’t be inspired to commit a crime because of an internet challenge, and even if they find it amusing: “It doesn’t mean they’ll go out and steal a car”.

“Isolating a particular video seems detrimental, and assuming it has a huge impact on people’s behavior, is empirically unreasonable. That’s not how media effects work,” Yotam Ophir, an assistant professor in the University of Buffalo’s department of communications, told WIBV.

Ophir went on to say that “most people don’t know about these challenges, most people don’t care about these challenges.”

The “Kia challenge” is among the many deadly trends that have swept TikTok in recent months.

“Kia Challenge” One of the many recent Viral TikTok trends that has resulted in users being hospitalized, along with several deaths

In September, Shade room reported on a disturbing viral trend known as the “blackout challenge,” where children see how long they can hold their breath before losing consciousness.

The New York Post reported that 14-year-old Leon Brown died after taking part in the challenge, just weeks after another boy, 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, was presumed to have died under similar circumstances.

Both boys are from the UK, however child deaths attributed to the trend have been found worldwide, from the US to Italy.

That same month, Shade room reported on another TikTok trend that went viral, where participants endured the extremely bitter “One Chip Challenge,” delivering a punch that sent people to the hospital.

The challenge is an ongoing challenge given by Paqui, the flavored tortilla chip company behind the viral trend.

In July, Shade room reported an 18-year-old New York City teen was fatally shot by an off-duty corrections officer on Thursday, and authorities said he may have participated in a challenge TikTok involves a toy gun.


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