Four teenagers died in a car accident in Buffalo – including a young mother – as they attempted a dangerous new start tick tock Challenge in which participants steal cars using only a USB cable and a screwdriver.
On Tuesday, WGRZ confirmed the identities of the victims: Marcus Webster, 19, Swazine Swindle, 17, Kevin Payne, 16, and Ahjanae Harper, 14. The four were killed when the stolen Kia they were driving collapsed with the force of the impact Monday morning eject her and one other passenger, leaving only two survivors.
Teens crashed after short-circuiting stolen car as part of TikTok’s “Kia Challenge,” authorities say
The 16-year-old driver of the stolen vehicle was treated at a nearby hospital and has already been discharged. Another passenger, a 14-year-old girl, remains in good condition at Erie County Medical Center.
The teens had taken part in the “Kia Challenge,” in which TikTok users hook up Kia models produced from 2011 and 2012 and Hyundai models from 2015 to 2021 and take a spin in the car-stolen vehicle.
Older models have a bug where the car can be started once the under-column panel near the steering column has been removed, allowing anyone to get into an unlocked car and steal it, often at speeds in excess of 90 miles per Hour.
Four teenagers killed in Buffalo car cr@sh while attempting viral TikTok “Kia Challenge.”
“Kia Challenge” is an ongoing viral tiktok challenge that shows viewers how to steal a Kia/Hyundai car using a USB cable and a screwdriver, then drive 60/90 mph and swing left and right pic.twitter.com/6DlrkbOTaI
— OSG (@OloriSupergal) October 27, 2022
The 16-year-old driver of the Kia, who was reported Sunday night, has been charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property and faces a new trial next month.
Young mum, 14, among dead after fatal car crash inspired by viral TikTok challenge
Among those who died was a young mother, 14-year-old Ahjanae Harper, who had recently given birth to a baby girl, according to a local interviewed 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 was scheduled to celebrate her 15th birthday on November 1, according to A GoFundMe set up by her family on Tuesday. As of Thursday, the fundraiser raised $1,858 a $15,000 goal.
Authorities say the investigation into the fatal accident is ongoing.
— Claudine Ewing (@ClaudineWgrz) October 25, 2022
Buffalo Police Commissioner says TikTok challenge has led to a spike in auto thefts
On Monday, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said law enforcement has seen a spike in auto thefts since the challenge went viral earlier this summer.
However, experts say that most online dwellers would not be inspired to commit a crime for an internet challenge, and even if they find it amusing, “It doesn’t mean they’re going to go out and steal a car.”
“From an empirical point of view, it is simply unreasonable to isolate a particular video that appears to be harmful and assume that it has a major impact on people’s behavior. That’s not how media effects work,” said Yotam Ophir, an assistant professor in the communications department at the University at Buffalo WIBV.
Ophir continued that “most people don’t know about these challenges, most people don’t care about these challenges.”
So this is the “Kia Challenge” .. that’s just sad🤦🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/2t5fLkJ6Ni
— Cee 🦋 (@Zeekulture) October 26, 2022
The “Kia Challenge” is among the many deadly trends that have gripped TikTok in recent months.
“Kia Challenge” One of many recent TikTok viral trends that have sent users to the hospital alongside multiple deaths
In September, The shadow room reported on a disturbing viral trend called the “Blackout Challenge,” in which 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, Archie Battersbee, 12, allegedly died in similar circumstances.
Both boys were from the United Kingdom, however child deaths have been recorded around the world, from the United States to Italy.
12-year-old boy Archie dies after trying to attempt the TikTok blackout challengehttps://t.co/3qKWZDNXsu#Tick Tock #TikTokviral #TikTokライブ #TikToknaked #tiktokhotindo #tiktokchallenge #TikTokLive #tiktokthots #BlackoutChallenge pic.twitter.com/4uLXw6sqZO
— TikTok Death (@TikTokDeath) August 25, 2022
in the same month The shadow room reported on another TikTok trend that went viral, in which contestants survive the incredibly sharp “One Chip Challenge” so powerful it sends people to the hospital.
The challenge is an ongoing task for Paqui, the flavored tortilla chip company behind the viral trend.
In July, The shadow room reported that an 18-year-old New York City teenager was shot dead by an off-duty correctional officer on Thursday, and authorities said he may have participated in a TikTok challenge with a toy gun.
https://theshaderoom.com/young-mother-among-four-teens-killed-in-crash-while-attempting-viral-tiktok-kia-challenge/ Four teenagers killed in crash at TikTok “Kia Challenge”.