Investigators: 5 children who died in crash on Hutchinson Pkwy. may have been panhandling prior to incident

This wasn't the first time that the kids were reported to have asked people for money and food.

News 12 Staff

Apr 24, 2023, 9:32 PM

Updated 355 days ago

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Investigators say that five children from Connecticut who died in a crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale may have been panhandling before the incident.
Investigators have obtained surveillance footage from a New Jersey shopping center showing the children -- sisters, Zahnyiah and Shawnelll Cross, their half-brothers, AJ and Andrew Billips and the unlicensed driver, 16-year-old Malik Smith Jr. - hours before the crash interacting with people in a way that suggests they were panhandling.
In August, police say they were called to a Connecticut parking lot for a report of children asking for money and food.
The police report says the children claimed to be raising money for a youth basketball team, but no record of the team they were soliciting has been found.    


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