Utah police shared a video of the moment they stopped a nine-year-old girl who was driving a car into a truck on the freeway while trying to get to the beach with her sister, a toddler.
According to police, “the officers were quite surprised when they responded to an accident this morning and discovered that the driver was a nine-year-old girl”.
West Valley City, Utah police said the young girl and her four-year-old sister appeared to have “grabbed the keys to the family car while their parents slept and went on their own summer adventure.”
The girls drove about 10 miles from their home in West Jordan – on a freeway and a freeway – “before pulling out, hopping a median, and ramming head-on into a semi-trailer.”
“The car was badly damaged. Even the saddle had to be towed! Fortunately no one was injured, however, we suspect in large part because these little girls at least thought about buckling up! ”Police said in a series of tweets.
When asked what triggered the impromptu trip, the girls told officials that they were going to California because they wanted to “swim in the ocean”.
According to local media reports, the police estimated that the two girls secured the car keys and left the house around 3 a.m. It then took them some time to figure out how to drive a car before leaving, and it was around 5 a.m. when the accident happened.
The girls’ parents had no idea about the whole incident and were woken up by the police who told them about the accident. They reportedly asked the police not to reveal any details of the family’s identity.
This is not the first time such an incident has occurred in Utah. In May 2020, a five-year-old boy drove his family’s SUV to California “to buy a Lamborghini”.