NEWARK - Essex County authorities say a 15-year-old Newark boy was killed yesterday when the stolen sport utility vehicle he was driving crashed into a concrete barrier.

Officials say Deyshawn Grimes was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the crash happened near the corner of Bridge Street and McCarter Highway.

Acting county Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says the SUV had been reported stolen in nearby Kearny and apparently was involved in a minor accident with another stolen vehicle just minutes before the fatal crash occurred around 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

A witness who saw the minor accident flagged down a Newark police officer. But when the officer began to drive after the stolen vehicles, both sped off and soon crashed.

AP wire services contributed to this report.