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Teens Charged in Grandmother's Death; Mayor Issues Statement

UPDATE: New information regarding the deadly hit-skip that killed an innocent pedestrian Saturday evening.

57-year-old Virginia Digiorgio was killed by a carload of punks driving a stolen car as she and her husband walked near Cleveland's theater district.

The couple was on their way to see "The Lion King" musical when the accident occurred among a throng of people.

The four underage drivers were fleeing from police when they ran fatally hit Digiorgio in a stolen vehicle owned by Christine Nejdl.

Nejdl says she witnessed her car being stolen from a parking lot near St. Vincent Charity Hospital and called 9-1-1 for help - but police never came.

Police say the car chase had been called off before entering the downtown area because of the high volume of traffic.

Witnesses helped direct police after the punks fled the accident scene and were able to find three of the four suspects Saturday evening. The fourth suspect turned himself into police late Sunday evening around 10 p.m.

The suspects are: 13-year-old Dontez D. Hairston aka "Tez", 14 year-old Davonta McIntyre, 14 year- old Davonte Johnson, and 14 year-old Durraymus T. Gillis.

Dontez Hairston, 13-years-old, is the alleged driver of the stolen vehicle and 14-year-old Davonte McIntyre was the fourth suspect who surrendered late Sunday.

Mayor Frank Jackson released the following statement late Monday afternoon regarding the fatal accident:

"First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim, they have our deepest condolences and sympathies. We are concerned about the safety of everyone who lives, works and visits the City of Cleveland. Unfortunately, Urban Centers across the nation have become a marketplace for organized crime and that is why we are aggressively attacking the problem through prevention and enforcement," said Mayor Frank Jackson. 

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