A Utah 5-year-old went viral earlier this year for stealing his parents’ car and trying to drive to California. While that story ended well with no injuries, a similar incident occurred this week, involving two young brothers who stole their grandparents’ car. Unfortunately, their ride ended in tragedy last Friday, as the 6- and 7-year-old brothers lost control of the vehicle, causing them to die in the crash.
The boys had stolen their grandparents’ 2007 Buick LaCrosse and were driving in Jackson County, east of Kansas City, according to CNN. At one point, the car veered off the right side of the road, striking the ground hard enough to send the car airborne. After hitting a guardrail, the car left the ground a second time and stuck a guy-wire and a tree before settling on its top and catching fire.
MSHP investigating double fatality accident at Blue Mills and Miller (unincorporated area of Jackson County) involving two children. MSHP will provide updates. @JCSheriffOffice @JacksonCountyMO pic.twitter.com/L0DNEHkYnz— Darryl Forte’ (@sheriffforte) May 30, 2020
“We believe that speed had to have been a contributing factor for them to have traveled, flipped, et cetera,” Missouri Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Andy Bell said, according to NBC News.
The brothers, whose names have not been released, were pronounced dead on the scene.
Looking for Answers
It’s not clear how the boys were able to gain access to the car. However, the Misoouri Highway Partrol and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department have opened an investigation into the incident.
“It’s pretty unique, to say the least, and devastating,” said Sgt. Bell.
Meanwhile, social media has lit up with speculation on how the kids got access to the car, and how the incident could have been avoided.
“How did these kids get access to this car? Where were the supervising adults?” one Twitter user asked. “They shouldn’t have access to keys to a car. It’s a tragic loss. But kids need supervision. What a loss.”
Others defended the boys’ grandparents and extended sympathy for their loss.
“I am a grandmother too. I have an eight yo and a 5 yo,” said one Twitter user. “I put my keys in my purse. Where I assume most ladies do. Maybe they went through her purse while she was in the kitchen fixing them some lunch. I feel for this woman. It’s not like she handed them the [keys]. She is grieving.”