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7-year-old driver, younger brother die in wreck after taking keys of family vehicle
Published Tuesday, June 2, 2020 7:13PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:13AM EDT
Two young children died in a car accident Friday evening after they took keys to the family vehicle and began driving it. (@sheriffforte/Twitter)
JACKSON COUNTY, MO. -- Two young children died in a car accident Friday evening after they took keys to the family vehicle and began driving it.
A spokesperson for the Missouri Highway Patrol said a 6-year-old and 7-year-old took the vehicle and started driving it around the property, but then continued onto E. Blue Mills Road and N. Miller Drive.
According to the crash report, the 7-year-old driver traveled at a high rate of speed and lost control. The car travelled off the roadway and struck the ground, becoming airborne.
The car then struck a guardrail, struck the ground again becoming airborne for the second time. The car struck a guywire, began overturning, struck a tree, and came to a rest off the road on its top where it then caught fire.
The wreck happened just after 4 p.m.
Authorities said neither child was wearing a seat belt.