Authorities say a garage fire and one-vehicle crash involving two boys early Tuesday morning in south Wichita appear to be related.
Arson investigators are looking into whether a garage fire at 4533 S. Osage early Tuesday morning was intentionally set. Two boys, ages 17 and 12, who live at that address were later involved in a crash in the 3600 block of South West Street at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
The boys had been arguing, Lt. Jeff Gilmore said, and the 17-year-old intentionally crashed into a utility pole intending “to kill both himself and his brother.”
The older boy told officers “God would decide who was evil and who would die,” Lt. Steve Kenney said.
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Both boys were taken to a local hospital for treatment, and the older brother was booked into the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center after he was released from the hospital.
The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the structure and its contents, fire Capt. Stuart Bevis said.