A nine-year-old girl and her four-year-old sister were thankfully unhurt after they stole their parents’ Chevy Malibu and crashed it head-on into a semi-truck in Utah this week.
The Valley City Police Department was called to the 3200 block of South Frontage Road in West Valley City, Utah early Wednesday morning after dispatch received reports of a crash involving a red four-door and a semi truck. When officers arrived on the scene, they were surprised to find the driver of the red Chevy Malibu involved in the crash was a nine-year-old girl and that the only other occupant of the vehicle was her four-year-old sister.
Police say the girls hopped on the freeway and drove about 10 miles from their home in West Jordan, Utah, before exiting off the highway, hopping a median and slamming head-first into the semi. The Chevy Malibu also sideswiped another vehicle on the exit ramp before striking the tractor trailer. The girls allegedly told police they wanted to drive to California so they could go “swim in the ocean.” Despite this rather reckless decision, both of the girls at least had the wherewithal to put on their seatbelts, police said.
Det. Scott List of the West Jordan Police Department told local news publications that the girls stole the Chevy Malibu at around 3 a.m. while their parents were sleeping. Officers saw no signs of neglect or abuse at the girls’ home and said there was no evidence the parents knew of the girls’ plans to take a summer road trip to California. The parents told police they usually leave all the doors in their house locked, but they had left a basement door unlocked, which is how the girls were able to get out of the house in the middle of the night. The parents were not charged.
Body camera footage of officers arriving at the scene of the accident can be viewed in the tweet embedded below.
Officers got quite a surprise when they responded to an accident this morning & discovered the driver was a 9yo girl. The young girl & her 4yo sister apparently snagged the keys to the family car while their parents were sleeping & set out on their own summer adventure. #wvc pic.twitter.com/evHq3DiBRC
— WVC Police (@WVCPD) June 2, 2021