14-year-old boy killed in joyride through South Hill

Two teen boys sneaked out of their South Hill homes early Wednesday to joyride and meet a girl at a local fast-food restaurant.

On their way home, the 15-year-old driver lost control and crashed his parents’ car into a tree. His 14-year-old passenger, Brayden Edgar, was killed.

“We believe speed was a factor,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Investigators do not know what time the boys left their homes, but said they took the keys to a 2012 Honda Civic.

After hanging out for a while with the girl, the boys left for the Sunrise area and were traveling south in the 16100 block of 134th Avenue East when the driver lost control.

The car went over the median and struck a tree on the other side of the road.

Brayden was pronounced dead at the scene. The 15-year-old was taken to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Friends stopped by one of the boys’ homes Wednesday to sign a poster in memory of Brayden and write well wishes for the other teen. Balloons and a bag of Skittles were placed near the sign.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653