A 6-year-old Phoenix girl is dead after her 8-year-old brother took her for a joy ride and crashed in south Phoenix on Wednesday night. The children's mother initially thought they'd been kidnapped when she discovered both kids and her car missing just past 10 p.m., Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Steve Martos said. The car containing the two children crashed a short distance from the family home, according to CBS5 News.
The mother had just given the kids a bath, put their pajamas on them and tucked them into bed around 9:30 p.m.. She also went to bed, but when she woke up and checked on them a little more than a half-hour later, she discovered them and the car missing.
Likely not thinking her 8-year-old son possibly could have taken the car, she understandably jumped to the conclusion they were taken from the home by someone else.
This is a horror story about making sure you secure your car keys. But who actually thinks their two young children are going to take off in the family car?
The mother's 911 call coincided with other emergency calls about a hit-and-run crash, and a report that the car was spotted with two children in a car, with one of them driving.
When police received the mother's call saying she thought her children had been kidnapped, they believed the children were possibly in danger. Cops caught up with the vehicle near 19th Avenue just north of Interstate 17.
The were following the car and tried to get the vehicle's driver to pull over. That's when it veered to the right and hit a pole. "It's just an unfortunate tragedy", Martos said according to ABC News.
Police discovered the driver was actually the 8-year-old boy. He suffered only minor injuries, but the 6-year-old girl later died at a Valley hospital. Both were still dressed in their pajamas, according to Martos.
The mother, who lived within walking distance of the crash scene, saw all the police commotion and walked to the scene. She then learned it was her children involved in the crash.
Martos said authorities still don't know what prompted the children to leave in the car. The investigation is ongoing.