Girl, 13, ‘runs over and kills two homeless men after stealing her mom’s SUV and leading cops on a chase’ in California
- The teenager, 13, had been driving the car with her juvenile friend in back seat
- The car was stopped by an Escondido police officer at around 11.19pm
- The girls fled in the vehicle before the teenager lost control of the car
- Two men sleeping in bushes were fatally struck by the car during the incident
A 13-year-old girl ran over and killed two homeless men after driving her mother’s car without permission in California, cops have revealed.
The teenager had been driving the car while her juvenile friend was sitting in the passenger seat, police say.
The incident happened in the city of Escondido in San Diego County’s North County region on Friday.
The car was stopped by an Escondido officer at around 11.19pm near Mission Ave and Gamble St for a traffic violation, a police statement said.
A girl has fatally run over two homeless men after driving her mother’s car without permission in California (crash scene pictured)
What the officer didn’t know at the time, is that the car was being driven by a 13 year-old girl from Vista who took her mother’s car without her knowing.
As the officer approached the car on foot to make contact with the driver, the girls fled in the vehicle.
They drove east on Mission Ave and apparently tried to turn left onto north Ash Street.
They appeared to lose control of the vehicle and their car slid into the planter on the east side of the road near a SDG&E transfer facility, the statement said.
Police caught up to the car and discovered the crash, proceeding to detain the girls at the scene.
Officers tragically discovered that two men who were sleeping in the bushes had been struck by the vehicle.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene while the other later died in hospital.
The police and the Medical Examiner’s office are still trying to identify the men, but they both were adults and believed to be homeless.
The girls were arrested and later released to their parents.
It was not immediately clear whether the teenage girl would face charges relating to the deaths.