WARREN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – Prosecutors may seek child endangerment charges against the parents of a 15-year-old girl who was allowed to drive from Jefferson City to the St. Louis area, while they drove separately in another vehicle.
The trip ended tragically late Tuesday night when the car driven by Chassiddy Allen of St. Louis ran off Interstate 70 in Warren County, struck the median cable barrier and overturned.
“We had a family that drove to Jefferson City to pick up another vehicle there,” Sgt. Al Nothum told KMOX News while explaining the circumstances leading up to the crash. “The problem arose that the parents allowed the 15-year-old daughter to drive one of the vehicles back to the St. Louis area.”
While Chassiddy Allen had a driver’s permit, she did not have a driver’s license and would not have been allowed to drive any further had she been pulled over during the trip back from Jefferson City.
While she escaped with minor injuries, there were three other children in the car and it was unclear whether any of them were wearing seatbelts.
5-year-old Aubrey Yates suffered serious injuries and was airlifted from the scene to St. Louis Children’s hospital.
10-year-old Larry Shelton and 8-year-old Larrion Shelton were listed as suffering moderate injuries.
The exact relationship between the victims was not immediately clear.
Among the charges that Warren County prosecutors might pursue against the parents of Chassiddy Allen might be child endangerment.
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Three children were injured, one seriously, in a one-car crash in Warren County late Tuesday night.
A Dodge Neon driving by 15-year-old Chassiddy Allen of St. Louis ran off the left side of eastbound Interstate 70, struck the median cable barrier and overturned at 11:10 p.m.
5-year-old Aubrey Yates of St. Louis suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Children’s Hospital.
Two other boys, ages 8 and 10, suffered moderate injuries.
It’s not yet clear why a 15-year-old was driving the car, but state police are investigating.