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'Not Worth Playing With Your Life': Teen Girl Killed After 14-Year-Old Crashes Stolen Car, Cops Say

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The victim was previously injured in a car crash as a child, police said.

Feb. 25 2024, Published 10:04 a.m. ET

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A 14-year-old California girl allegedly stole her family’s car and later crashed it into a traffic pole, killing a teenage passenger, according to authorities.

Just after midnight on Feb. 20, officers said they spotted a Toyota driving without headlights, KTLA reported.

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Police said the patrol vehicle’s loudspeakers and told the driver to turn their lights on but the driver instead sped off.

Officers did not pursue the vehicle and moments later, officials said the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a pole at Ventura Boulevard and Balboa Avenue in Los Angeles.

The vehicle burst into flames, but officers were able to pull two teenage girls from the vehicle after using a baton to break the car’s windows and a fire extinguisher to try to douse the flames, authorities said.

The driver of the vehicle, an unlicensed 14-year-old, and an 18-year-old girl who was a passenger in the front seat, were hospitalized in stable condition, Los Angeles Police Capt. Jeff Hollis told KTLA.

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A 16-year-old girl who had been a back seat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the car was reported stolen by the driver’s family on the night of Feb. 19.

"The young kids do unwise things," Capt. Hollis said. "We all know that. It is absolutely not worth playing with your life with that. This is an absolute tragedy. There are some families that will suffer as a result of this."

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The names of the teens have not been released, and the investigation is ongoing, officials said.

It remains unclear if the teenage driver will face legal consequences for her alleged role in the incident.

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