Brothers, 6 And 7, Die In Road Accident While Driving Grandmother's Car
Two brothers aged just six and seven were tragically killed in a car crash after taking their grandmother's car for a joyride.
The incident happened in Jackson County, Missouri, at around 4.20pm on Friday 29 May, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash report.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman said the unnamed youngsters had taken their grandmother's 2007 Buick LaCrosse out for a drive, taking it through a field and then onto a country road, with the older of the two siblings behind the wheel.
The police report states that while the seven-year-old boy was driving, the car ran off the road, hit the ground and became airborne.
The vehicle then hit a guard rail and hit the ground again before being launched into the air again. It struck a wire, started rolling over and hit a tree, landing on its top. The car then caught fire.
A tweet from Jackson County Sheriff Darryl Forte said Missouri State Highway Patrol were investigating.
He wrote: "MSHP investigating double fatality accident at Blue Mills and Miller (unincorporated area of Jackson County) involving two children.
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"MSHP will provide updates."
Commenting on Forte's tweet, one person said: "This is so sad."
Someone else wrote: "My heart hurts so bad right now."
A third added: "How awful."
Last month, police in Utah pulled over a car and found a five-year-old boy behind the wheel.
A Utah Highway Patrol officer said he decided to stop the car on the southbound 15 Freeway after thinking the driver may have been drunk or experiencing some sort of medical emergency, but was shocked to see a youngster in the driving seat.
The trooper told a news conference: "I hit my siren and the car did immediately pull over the left. I approached the vehicle and I was expecting to find somebody who needed an ambulance or paramedics.
"And it was pretty clear when the window came down that it was a young, very underage driver."
Featured Image Credit: Sheriff Darryl Forte/Twitter