Phoenix police: 8-year-old takes joyride in family's car, 6-year-old sister dies

PHOENIX - An 8-year-old boy was driving his mother's car on a nighttime joyride with his 6-year-old sister in Phoenix when it crashed into a pole, fatally injuring the girl, police said Thursday.

The 8-year-boy received minor injuries in the crash, said Sgt. Steve Martos.

The children's mother had put them to bed and then couldn't find them in their home a half-hour later, Martos said.

The frantic mother went door-to-door in the neighborhood and called police to report her children may have been kidnapped. Meanwhile, the accident had occurred a short distance away.

"It's just an unfortunate tragedy," Martos said.

He said police had received calls about children driving a vehicle and the possible kidnapping.

Officers spotted the vehicle, but when they tried to pull it over, the driver veered to the right and collided with a pole, Martos said.

The mother ran to the scene "and was here when we discovered that it was her two children that were involved in this collision," Martos said.

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