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Turkish writer, son accused of fleeing after crash arrested in US

U.S. authorities arrested a Turkish author and her 16-year-old son wanted by Turkey on charges he was involved in a fatal car crash in Istanbul and then fled the country with the help of his mother.

Turkish novelist and poet Eylem Tok and her son, Timur Cihantimur, were arrested under an extradition request from Turkey as they were about to tour an expensive private school in Boston, according to court papers.

Their arrests were announced on the social media platform X by Turkish Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc, who said they were “captured in the United States in line with our extradition request.”

According to prosecutors, the teenager was driving a Porsche on the night of March 1 when, while speeding around a corner, he crashed into a group of people on all-terrain vehicles. One person, Oguz Murat Aci, died and four others were injured.

Prosecutors said the teenager immediately fled the scene after saying something like “My life is over.”

He was picked up by the family’s driver, and within three or four hours Tok had bought one-way plane tickets for herself and her son from Istanbul to Cairo, Egypt, according to court papers, opens new tab. Authorities said they continued to the United States, landing in New York on March 2.

Turkish law enforcement had as of May believed they were in Miami and that they may have attempted to secure fraudulent passports to travel to Cuba, according to court papers.

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