Fortunately, both were uninjured.
It's generally advised to wait until you are of legal age before getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time. Of course, we all know that this doesn't always happen. Back in 2015, a 13-year-old boy and his 8-year-old sister led police on a short high-speed chase in a Nissan Altima. In another scary incident, an even younger sibling duo recently decided to take their parents' car for a joyride.
The 9-year-old girl and her 4-year-old sister from West Jordan, Utah, were allegedly intent on driving all the way to a Californian beach for a casual dip in the ocean as they wanted to swim with the dolphins there.
According to a post from the West Valley Police Department on Twitter, the girls took the keys of the car - a seventh-generation Chevrolet Malibu - while their parents were still asleep. They then set off for their destination but only made it 10 miles before exiting the freeway, hopping on a median, and crashing head-on into a massive semi truck. Although the sedan was severely damaged, both girls were mercifully uninjured.
According to KUTV, the sedan side-swiped another vehicle before crashing into the semi at just after 5 am. The one good decision that the sisters made? Both were wearing their seatbelts, likely avoiding more serious injuries.
If the two girls had somehow gotten to California, they would've needed to continue driving for roughly half a day, a terrifying prospect. According to KUTV, the understandably relieved parents of the girls said that the car keys were hung in a spot that shouldn't have been accessible to the sisters. Nevertheless, they obviously hatched some plan that worked and left the house at around 3am in the morning. The parents have requested a desire to "maintain their privacy" following the scary event that could have ended so much worse than it did.