Teen injured after man fleeing police crashes into her while she was driving her ‘Sweet 16′ gift

DUQUESNE, Pa. — A chase through Duquesne left a local teen in the hospital and a man facing a laundry list of charges. It happened late Thursday night.

The teen’s mom spoke with Channel 11 over the phone. She tells us she’s still shaken up but is thankful that her 16-year-old daughter is alive.

According to a criminal complaint, Duquesne Police tried stopping an erratic driver nearby. They say the driver, Antwon Williams, took off at a high rate of speed and hit a van driven by the teen.

“At that point, they collided, and he took her further up the street and through the fence of the Duquesne football field,” the teen’s mother told us.

Police say Williams’ car shot into the air, turning 180 degrees before landing. Despite the significant damage to the front of the van and debris scattered along the sidewalk, the teen’s mother tells Channel 11 she got away with a concussion and other cuts and bruises.

“Just to look at the vehicle, it looked like my daughter wouldn’t have made it out of that accident,” she said. “[It’s] just a miracle. I’m so thankful to God.”

Williams was taken into custody, then to the hospital. According to court documents, he posted bail and is scheduled to appear in court on April 18. He’s facing a number of charges including fleeing, resisting arrest and DUI.

The teen had been using the van, her ‘Sweet 16′ gift, to get to and from CCAC. She’s a student in the culinary program. Money is being raised to replace it.

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