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‘We were driving to California to swim with the dolphins’: Utah sisters, nine and four, in head-on crash ten miles into ‘road trip’ after taking their parents’ car in middle of night

  • The girls snuck out of their West Jordan home at 3am after taking the car keys
  • They sat on the drive until 4.30am when they started their journey to the coast
  • They made it 10 miles before the nine-year-old drove into a semi-truck
  • No one was injured and the parents had no idea until police informed them 

A nine-year-old girl who swiped her parents’ car keys and tried to drive to the beach in the middle of the night with her four-year-old sister has crashed head-on with a semi-truck.

The Utah youngsters wanted to have a 700-mile road trip to California to swim with dolphins in the ocean and made it 10 miles from their West Jordan home before the collision.

Both girls were wearing seatbelts and walked away from the crash apparently uninjured, as was the truck driver.

A nine-year-old girl who swiped her parents' car keys and tried to drive to the beach in the middle of the night with her four-year-old sister has crashed head-on with a semi-truck

A nine-year-old girl who swiped her parents’ car keys and tried to drive to the beach in the middle of the night with her four-year-old sister has crashed head-on with a semi-truck

Their parents were completely unaware and were sleeping in bed until police called them to inform them of the crash. 

Lt. Sean McCarthy said: ‘They told the officers they were headed to California, wanted to enjoy the beach for a few days. I don’t know that we’ll tell them they were going the wrong way.’ 

Detective Scott List with the West Jordan Police Department said: ‘There’s no history of this… this is a motivated kid who from what I understand wanted to go swim with dolphins in the ocean. 

‘To do what she did is impressive. Scary but impressive.’

The young children who share a bedroom took the car keys at 3am and headed to the car where it took them an hour and a half to work out the basics of driving, police said.

The Utah youngsters wanted to have a road trip to California to swim with dolphins in the ocean and drove 10 miles from their West Jordan home before the collision

The Utah youngsters wanted to have a road trip to California to swim with dolphins in the ocean and drove 10 miles from their West Jordan home before the collision

Both the car and the truck had to be towed and police said it could have been much worse if the girls were not wearing seatbelts

Both the car and the truck had to be towed and police said it could have been much worse if the girls were not wearing seatbelts

Their parents were completely unaware and were sleeping in bed until police called them to inform them of the crash

Their parents were completely unaware and were sleeping in bed until police called them to inform them of the crash

Officers asked the parents if they had talked to the girls about taking a road trip to California but they said the girls came up with the idea themselves

Officers asked the parents if they had talked to the girls about taking a road trip to California but they said the girls came up with the idea themselves

They headed out from the driveway at 4.30am and started to make their journey towards what they thought was California but instead drove north.

A number of motorists reported seeing the car being driven eratically as the girl bumped into the side of a pickup truck.

The pickup driver thought the red Chevrolet was being driven under the influence and followed the car and reported it to the police.

After the girls exited State Road 201 at 3200 West, they crossed over a median and headed into traffic where they hit the semi-truck. 

The semi-truck driver told police he thought the car was going fast and may not have braked. 

Both the car and the truck had to be towed and police said it could have been much worse if the girls were not wearing seatbelts.

The airbag went off for the nine-year-old in the driver’s seat but not for the four-year-old in the passenger’s seat. 

The semi driver got out to check on the drivers of the other vehicle and told police he could not believe his eyes when he saw who was behind the wheel.

A semi-truck driver thought the driver was under the influence and the nine-year-old then swerved into his path after leaving State Road 201 on to 3200 West

A semi-truck driver thought the driver was under the influence and the nine-year-old then swerved into his path after leaving State Road 201 on to 3200 West

The semi driver got out to check on the drivers of the other vehicle and told police he could not believe his eyes when he saw who was behind the wheel

The semi driver got out to check on the drivers of the other vehicle and told police he could not believe his eyes when he saw who was behind the wheel

Lt. Sean McCarthy told Fox 13: ‘The semi-truck driver reported that there were two kids in the car and they appear very young. 

‘Officers got here and discovered it was a 9-year-old driver and her 4-year-old sister.’ 

Officers asked the ‘shocked’ parents if they had talked to the girls about taking a road trip to California but they said the girls came up with the idea themselves.  

The parents added that all doors apart from one in the basement are on a latch and the children escaped after grabbing the keys from a place ‘not normally accessible by children’. 

West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said: ‘I guess they were intending to start their summer vacation a little early.’ 

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