Shards of broken glass and twisted metal littered the street just feet from where Terry Weaver had died a day earlier.
A 21-year-old father of two baby girls, Weaver was killed Friday after being struck by a stolen van as he drove a relative's moped on a Southeast Washington street.
Nearby, a pile of teddy bears and empty bottles of Absolut vodka, said to be his favorite, marked the scene where a neighborhood gathered to express outrage at the latest death in the series of juvenile car thefts in Washington.
Police said they were searching for as many as six juveniles believed to have been joyriding in the van that hit Weaver's moped head-on about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
A 12-year-old has been charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle in connection with Weaver's death.
A second boy, who was taken to the police station by a relative, was questioned and released without being charged, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman.
Cindy Gray, the grandmother of Weaver's younger daughter, said children living in the Benning Terrace apartment complex where she lives joyride in stolen cars daily.
"This ain't the first death and this ain't the second death and this ain't going to be the last," Gray said, her 5-month-old granddaughter Tyauna in her arms. "These kids get a rise out of stealing cars."
Weaver was thrown from the moped in the 4400 block of G Street SE. He had severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
After hitting Weaver, the minivan, which was reported stolen from Summit Court NE, crashed into a parked car nearby on 46th Street. The van's occupants fled on foot, police said.
Ellen Mundaray, president of a residents' group at Benning Terrace, said police ignore what she called a daily occurrence of children driving stolen cars in her neighborhood.
"Nothing's done about it," Mundaray said. "The church and everybody makes promises, but nothing happens."
"I heard a bang or thump or something and I heard them yell, 'Someone got hit,' and I came to the window and saw him on the ground. . . . His whole face was covered with blood," Mundaray, 60, said. "I'll never forget that. It just makes me sick."
Mundaray offered a stern warning to a group of young boys who stood at Weaver's makeshift memorial.
"If I see any of you in a stolen car, I'm turning you in," Mundaray said. "And I'm not playing."
Three other people have been killed in the past 13 months in incidents involving stolen cars allegedly driven by underage drivers.
In June 2003, 15-year-old John Johnson was struck and killed allegedly by a stolen vehicle driven by a 16-year-old blocks from where Weaver was killed.
Last July 14, a 60-year-old woman was killed after her car was struck by a 13-year-old driver who was speeding and running a red light less than a half-mile from where Weaver was struck. The 13-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and car theft.
Last month, an activist for Haitian causes died when the car he was driving was struck at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW by what police said was a stolen Jeep driven by a 14-year-old.
Kevin Miles, 43, said police aren't doing enough to combat the problem. "You can't put all the blame on the kids," Miles said. "The police talk about the curfew, then they should be over here watching."
LaToya Simmons, 18, a resident of Benning Terrace and a friend of Weaver's, held his picture as she stood near the memorial yesterday afternoon and recalled times when Weaver would attend go-go parties with a group of their friends. "It's a shame he had to go out like this," Simmons said. "He was fun to hang around. He kept me laughing."