Girl charged after killing friend in joyride

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A 13-year-old US girl has been charged with reckless homicide, after causing a car accident that resulted in the death of a 12-year-old boy.

Almani Creamer was killed after the car he was riding in collided with a tree in the Olympia Fields park in Chicago.

He had snuck out of the house to go on the ill-fated joyride with four friends, including the unidentified teenage girl, despite being grounded by his mother.

As well as being charged with Almani's death, the teen driver was also charged with reckless conduct and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Such was the impact of the collision, eyewitnesses were initially surprised to see that anyone had survived.

"There was some movement in the car, and I kept hearing some women or girls screaming and saying, 'Oh, let me out, let me out, look at the car,' which I thought was kind of strange that they were alive," said Anapam Razdan, reported the Daily Mail.

Chicago police have confirmed that all of the car's occupants were under 16. All were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, Creamer's mother, Regina Anderson, paid tribute to him: "He was a special little boy. I just hope he didn't suffer.

"He was just a boy," she said. "He's bad some days - he's good some days."