Not every incident of children attempting to drive a car ends as happily as the one just a month ago when a five-year-old boy borrowed his parents’ car to go buy a Lamborghini. While he ended up being stopped by a highway patrolman and everything turned out alright, two brothers in Missouri, ages 6 and 7, died after they took their grandparents’ car out for a spin last week.
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Radio station Y108 reported on its website that the tragic crash happened at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29th, in an unincorporated area in Jackson County, just outside of Kansas City. The two young brothers borrowed their grandparents’ 2007 Buick LaCrosse, drove through a field onto a country road, struck a guardrail, rolled over, and crashed into a tree. The vehicle caught on fire.
According to Sgt. Andy Bell, spokesperson to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the vehicle was being driven by the elder, seven-year-old brother, when he lost control of the car and crashed.
Investigators say that the car was airborne more than once as it left the road and hit the guard rail. It is believed that the vehicle became airborne once more before it struck a wire, rolled over, and crashed. After coming to a rest, the car then caught fire.
Multiple emergency crews responded to the crash site. Both boys were declared dead at the scene.
“It’s pretty unique, to say the least, and devastating,” Sgt. Bell told reporters.
It is believed that speed did play a role in the accident. Neither of the two boys was wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. Authorities had not released the boys’ identities at the time of the report.
The crash is currently under investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol Major Crash Team. Investigators are still trying to determine how the two boys might have gained possession of their grandparents’ vehicle.