Officers discovered a nine-year-old girl behind the wheel of a serious crash Wednesday morning after she and her younger sister stole their parents’ car to try to make it to the beach.
Video posted to Twitter by the West Valley City Police Department showed a semi-truck and a small sedan colliding. One officer approached the vehicle and another officer was talking to the children.
Officers got quite a surprise when they responded to an accident this morning & discovered the driver was a 9yo girl. The young girl & her 4yo sister apparently snagged the keys to the family car while their parents were sleeping & set out on their own summer adventure. #wvc pic.twitter.com/evHq3DiBRC
— WVC Police (@WVCPD) June 2, 2021
“She’s driving?” the arriving officer said, sounding shocked as he pointed to one of the young girls. (RELATED: 16-Year-Old Steals Parents Car, Leads Police In High Speed Chase, Kills Man After Crashing Car)
The girls, from West Jordan, Utah, made it about 10 miles before they took an exit and hopped over a median, “slamming head-on into a semi truck,” police said.
Police said the car “suffered serious damage” and the semi-truck had to be towed.
No one was injured, with police noting it was likely because “those little girls at least remembered to wear their seatbelts.”
The girls allegedly told officers they stole their parents’ car and headed to California because they wanted to “swim in the ocean.”