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12-year-old girl killed when 14-year-old drives her in stolen van

Sometimes, accidents happen. It's hard to want to hold someone responsible when they're as young as the teen in this case, but it's necessary. Losing a loved one because of another person's poor decisions is a devastating situation, and it's necessary for that person to understand the situation he's caused.

This story released in the news is a tragic tale of a joyride gone wrong. A girl was recently killed in a crash when a 14-year-old boy allegedly stole a minivan and took it on a joyride with her, his girlfriend, inside. The 12-year-old girl died at the scene of the accident after the 14-year-old boy drove the van onto Highway 10 and collided with a hydropole and brick barrier.

The teen driver was hospitalized following the crash at around 4 a.m., and he now faces several charges including criminal negligence causing death, possession of property obtained by a crime over $5,000, dangerous driving causing death, and failing to comply with undertaking. It's not clear how he stole the van, but it was taken from a nearby recreational centre.

The police wouldn't release information to the news about the teens since they were underage, but it's been reported that both were under 16 and unlicensed; it was their friends that spoke up and gave the media their ages.

Situations like this one are difficult, and if you find yourself in a similar one, you may want to look into who is liable for the accident; the driver or his parents, if he is uninsured, may be the party held accountable.

Source:, "Brampton girl killed in Caledon ‘joyride’ crash was ‘life of the party’," Louie Rosella, Mississauga News, July 27, 2016

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