Joyride kills sister
PHOENIX—An eight-year-old boy who took the family car and crashed it into a power pole probably won’t face criminal charges in the death of his six-year-old sister, who was riding with him, police said.
Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos also said there’s nothing to indicate the children’s mother would face any charges in the Wednesday night crash that killed her daughter, Aaliyah Felder.
“From the kid’s point, he’s eight years old so his mental state is not culpable.”
The mother bathed the children Wednesday night, put them to bed, and then went to bed herself. Half-an-hour later, she got up and discovered they were gone, Martos said.
The front door was open and the family sedan was missing.
The mother frantically knocked on doors in the neighbourhood, then fearful her children had been kidnapped, called police.
Two officers spotted her car on the main thoroughfare near her apartment and tried to pull it over.
An instant after the officers turned on their emergency lights, the 2010 Hyundai Elantra swerved and crashed into a power pole.
The two patrol officers ran up to the crashed car, “thinking it’s a kidnap, that there’s a bad guy in there,” Martos noted.
Instead, they found the children in their pyjamas and the girl seriously injured.
The girl died early Thursday while her brother suffered an ankle injury.