WASHINGTON, MO (KMOX) - A 17 year-old Washington, Missouri girl, identified as Aubrey Nothum died this morning when her car was hit by an out of control vehicle driven by a 13-year-old who stole her parents’ car.
According to police reports, a Franklin County Deputy first noticed the stolen pick-up truck traveling erratically on Highway 47.The deputy followed the vehicle as it accelerated through two intersections.
According to police the driver of the car lost control as it attempted to make a right turn on to Highway 100.
The stolen vehicle then rammed into a car stopped for a light.
The 17-year-old driver of the stopped vehicle was taken to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur but was later pronounced dead. She’s identified as Aubrey Nothum, niece of Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Al Nothum.
Franklin County sheriff Gary Toelke says the real shock came when they realized the driver of the pick-up was just 13 years old.
“She stole the vehicle from her parents,” Toelke tells KMOX News. “Her 11-year-old brother was in the truck with her. I think there’d been some issues prior between her and her parents. The parents have been cooperating with us.”
The driver and her brother both sustained non-life threatening injuries.
According to investigators, it was later determined that the juvenile had stolen the vehicle from her parents and taken her brother with her.
Charges will be sought for stealing and murder second. The murder second charges is being applied for due to the fact that the vehicle was stolen.
The suspect has been turned over to juvenile authorities.
There was no alcohol located in the vehicle nor was the suspect driver intoxicated.