An Illinois Auto Accident claims the life of a 15-year old Gurnee, Illinois
girl. Taylor Mae Stinchcomb died as she was trying to keep her family
dog, who was sick with cancer, from being put down.
Chicago media outlets report the teen put her dog in the family’s minivan and drove away
with another 15-year girl in the vehicle as well. This was done without
her parents’ knowledge and apparently, in an attempt to protect
the dog from euthanasia. Reportedly, Taylor became too distraught to drive
so the other 15-year old took the wheel, and Taylor moved to the passenger
seat. Unfortunately, that teen lost control of the minivan which flipped
and then hit a few trees and a utility pole. Both Stinchcomb and the dog
she was trying to save died from their injuries. The other girl was hurt
but not severely.
Obviously, both girls were too young to have a driver’s license.
Teens do, however, find themselves as victims of auto accidents usually
when passengers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found
that 12 children ages 10-15 died in 2009 in Illinois in vehicle accidents.
Nationally, 728 children in that age group were killed in auto accidents.