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Texas teen dies in car accident with 13-year-old driver

Parents usually worry when their children get their driver's licenses. Those early years of learning to negotiate difficult situations and changing traffic patterns can make parents nervous, and the fear of getting a phone call that their young driver has been in an accident may keep parents awake at night. However, parents in Texas are mourning the death of their daughter who never reached the age of obtaining her license.

The 14-year-old girl was attending a sleepover with two friends who were both 13. At some point in the early hours of Sunday morning, the friends left the house and drove away in a pickup truck. One of the 13-year-old girls was driving when the vehicle left the road and crashed, ejecting the 14-year-old. Both younger girls were transported to the hospital, but the older girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers say the girls had apparently not been drinking alcohol, but the driver was probably speeding. None of the three teens was wearing a seat belt. A makeshift memorial was set up at the site of the accident, and officials sent counselors to the school to talk to grieving classmates.

Determining liability in such situations is often complicated. When a minor drives a vehicle without a license or permission, investigators may need to determine if there was a history of the family permitting the child to drive. Officials will likely investigate whether the adults were negligent in supervising the girls. In any case, the family of the deceased will certainly benefit from the advice of a Texas attorney.

Source: Teen killed in Sunday morning wreck in Vidor identified by police, "", Jacque Masse, Jan. 22, 2018

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