ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Police in Southern California say a 13-year-old girl who was joyriding in her mother’s car is responsible for a crash that killed two men.
An officer — who initially wasn’t aware the driver was a juvenile — approached the vehicle and tried to speak with the girl Friday night, but she took off, Escondido police said in a news release.
The 13-year-old, from Vista, lost control after making a left turn and crashed into bushes, police said.
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Two men who were sleeping in the bushes were struck and killed. Police believe the men were homeless. One was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other died at a hospital. Police said they were still working to identify the victims, The Mercury News reported.
The girl and her friend, who was a passenger, were arrested and later released to their parents. It’s unclear what charges they will face.
During the investigation, a police cruiser that was blocking the road was struck by a person suspected of driving impaired. That driver was arrested for DUI. No one was injured in the collision.