Authorities said two men were killed when a 13-year-old girl took her mother’s car and tried to flee Escondido police.
The accident was reported at around 11:20 p.m. On Mission Avenue and Ash Street, according to Escondido Police Lt. Kevin Toth. A police officer stopped the car near Mission Avenue and Gamble Street for a traffic violation.
“What the officer did not know at the time was that the car was being driven by a 13-year-old girl from Fiesta who had taken her mother’s car without her knowing. The girl’s little friend was a passenger in the car,” Toth said.
He said the girls ran away in the car when the officer approached. They headed east on a mission and apparently tried to turn left into Ash.
“They apparently lost control and their car slid into the farmer on the east side of the road near the SDG & E conversion facility,” Toth said.
Once the officers recognized the girls and detained them, he said, they discovered that the car had hit two men who appeared to be homeless and were sleeping in the bush. Toth said one of them was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died in hospital.
Efforts were underway to identify the men. Police said the girls were arrested and later released to their parents.
After the accident, a DUI driver rammed an officer’s car while the road was closed.
“The police car was on all the emergency lights and was not busy,” Toth said. “No one was injured and the driver was arrested because of the DUI.”
Law enforcement authorities investigated two other fatal incidents. The San Diego County Police Department said a man and his teenage son were killed when they were hit by a Mercedes as they pulled out of the parking lot at Poway High School shortly after 7 p.m.
A 21-year-old woman was killed in a third accident in the Spring Valley area. The Sheriff’s Department said that MPs were chasing a suspected stolen car around 10 pm. When it collides with two other cars on Jamacha Road and Sweetwater. A 21-year-old driver was killed and three people were injured in another vehicle, among them a 15-month-old youth.