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13-year-old driver in car crash

Clara Guibourg · 13 Nov 2011, 10:12

Published: 13 Nov 2011 10:12 GMT+01:00

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The crash occurred just after 2am on the night between Saturday and Sunday in Ängesbyn, just north of Luleå in northern Sweden, reported local newspaper Norrländska Socialdemokraten.

In the car with the young girl were a friend of hers, her younger brother, and the brother's friend. In the car they collided with were five 18-year-olds.

All nine were taken to nearby Sunderbyns Hospital, reported Norrländska Socialdemokraten, none with severe injuries.

There is no evidence to suggest that the underaged joyriders were under the influence of alcohol. The police have spoken to the 13-year-old's parents.

"They said that they were at home, and that the car keys were hidden in the garage. They'd gone to bed, and somehow the girl and her friend got hold of the keys," said Erik Kummu, duty officer at the Luleå police, to daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

"The whole thing is somewhat unbelievable," he added.

The police don't know what caused the crash. All parents to the children and teenagers involved have come to the hospital, and local social services also paid the hospital a visit.

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The 13 year-old girl has told police that this was her first time driving a car, reported newspaper Aftonbladet.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

11:52 November 13, 2011 by muscle
said it before and will say it again.. a kick on the butt and a hard slap on the face would do wonders to these kids!
12:09 November 13, 2011 by pepsionice
Just remember....on any given evening in Sweden.....there are a dozen 13-year old kids driving around. Most don't crash their cars.
12:17 November 13, 2011 by Dr. Dillner

How do you know this?
12:22 November 13, 2011 by muscle
@pepsionice: STILL not a justification for allowing kids to drive! Ok fine, parents want to kill that is OK, but other people don't want to die!
15:00 November 13, 2011 by StockholmSam

The argument could be made that a swift kick in the butt and a hard slap on the face will make a child rebel against her parents and steal the keys to the car. There is a better way to raise children than with physical violence.
17:47 November 13, 2011 by muscle
@StockholmSam: I agree. But some strong punishment should be given. I agree it may make the child rebel against parents but the kids should know that a person is punished in real life for causing some sort of danger to others life. And kids should be trained this way. Being nice to children is good, but I believe this way the kid does not learn the consequences of bad practice.
21:39 November 13, 2011 by eddie123
hmm... the parents ought to be more discrete with placing their car keys. the children need a lesson in risk and safety issues - perhaps, a visit to the accident ward in a busy hospital will impact to them the need to wait, take driving lessons, and get licensed before driving a car. a kick to the butt will not work in this case. the kids are brave and adventurous, and that is a good thing but they must also be made to understand that why they can put their own lives at risk, it is not allowed for them to risk the lives of others. they do not have that right.
10:07 February 3, 2012 by robban70226
The natural process of elimination always work If all get killed there will be a big saving in the future, Better to eliminate future criminals now and society to save the trouble in the future. Their parents did not know?? sounds like a bs story, just that they got cough. Wasted unperfected genes there,
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