CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A 13-year-old boy in the care of the state DHHR stole a state-leased van and crashed it into a stone retaining wall claiming his life Wednesday night, Charleston police said Thursday.

Jeremy Bush, of Charleston, was the only person in the vehicle that burst into flames after the crash on Woodward Drive in North Charleston at about 7:45 p.m.

According to police, Bush was in the DHHR’s custody and a resident of the nearby ResCare facility. Bush left the facility with the keys to a 2015 Dodge Caravan, leased by the DHHR, and drove southbound on Woodward Drive before the collision.

The DHHR gave MetroNews the following statement Thursday evening after police released the information about the crash:

“We will be conducting an investigation and cannot comment further due to privacy issues.”

Charleston Police are continuing their investigation.

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