Skip to comments.13-year-old girl dies in crash, trying to pass slower traffic in construction zone
Posted on 07/22/2010 3:32:02 PM PDT by oprahstheantichrist
BILLINGS - The Montana Highway Patrol says a 13-year-old girl was killed after trying to pass a slower vehicle in an Interstate 94 construction zone in Dawson County.
Trooper Glen Quinnell identified the victim as Heather Giles of Billings.
The patrol says Giles was driving a car eastbound and approaching a construction zone where traffic was restricted to one lane. She sped up and tried to pass another vehicle in the median when she lost control of the car, causing it to roll. The vehicle came to rest on its top in the westbound lanes.
Giles was pronounced dead at a Glendive hospital. A 14-year-old female passenger was injured.
Quinnell says the vehicle belonged to the immediate family of the passenger. The trooper says the girls took the car to meet with a boy in Sidney and "they didn't think about the consequences."
This is written as though it's not unusual for a 13 yr old to have a driver's license. Is that the case in Montana?
Wow! That’s terrible.
In rural areas 12 and 13 year olds frequently drive. I know when I was living in Hulbert and Tahlequah, OK there were kids driving.
Probably she didnt have one. When i was young back in rural Wyoming, it wasnt uncommon at all to drive while young. though there wasnt much traffic in those days :)
I don’t think she was licensed, I didn’t read that in the story. I think the 13 and 14 year old girls just took the car to go meet the boy.
Allmost all kids in rural areas learn how to drive tractors at an early age ... That is practical reality.
13 years old and driving? There ought to be a law!
There was a horrible deadly accident in Dallas a few years back caused by some 12-13 year old boys joyriding in a pickup truck. They flew off one interstate overpass and into a gasoline tank truck. It was a huge explosion, truck driver instantly dead, also other drivers. Turns out the kids were members of this group of gypsy like people called the Travelers who frequently let underage kids drive.
Yes, that's correct, that's how I learned. I was driving (legally) at 14. These kids took a car they weren't supposed to and got in over their heads. My heart's out to all concerned.
How do they know she didn’t think of the consequences?
I remember being 8-9 and driving a tractor, snowmobile and hay trailer in the fields of my grandparents ranch to feed horses in the winter in Michigan.
Some more travelers were killed (again west Fort Worth) a few weeks ago, running from cops after stealing a pallet of shingles.
I got my driver license when I was fourteen. At that time you had to get a letter from the county judge stating that it was necessary for you to have a license. I went to the judge’s office and his secretary typed a one sentence letter and I’m pretty sure that the secretary signed the judge’s name. Took that to take the test and get my license.
Doesn't say licensed just that they took the car.
True! My daughter learned to drive a tractor and rake hay when she was 9. My granddaughter is 14 and drives the tractor and bushhogs the fields when needed. My daughter got her driver’s license at 16 and was immediately driving a ton truck pulling a horse trailer or a 24ft triple axle flatbed trailer loaded with hay or a tractor. I learned to drive a tractor, a big truck and pull trailers when I was a kid. Country kids are already pros at driving by the time they reach learner permit age of 15.
My brothers, cousins and neighbors were all all doing the same, except for the snowmobile. Doesn’t snow much or even enough to justify one.
But, they did ride combines, motorcycles and ATV’s.
I did a month of haying. Never again.
But it still means they have exactly ZERO experience handling a heavy vehicle on a highway with other traffic, at highway speeds.
um... why is a 13 year old driving a car??
They have as much experience as a 16-18 year old.
My recollection was no one got crazy until they actually go their own car. Until then, you were driving a tool that accounts for your livelihood and they/we treated it as such.
no license is required to drive on your own property of course
Interesting. I ran across a couple of these "Travelers" recently. They were selling Bionic Balance Bands at a craftshow I have a vendor's booth at. The "band" costs $55 and promises to give a person perfect balance through some antenna in the wrist band. Total carnival ripoff scam, as far as I can tell. The demonstrate it's effectiveness by having the mark stand on one foot and spread their arms while the seller pushes down on an arm. Total carp, typical carney games.
I think all the tractor driving etc. mentioned by people on this thread would be off road.
It’s when they get on the road and have to deal with other traffic that problems ensue.
No, my point was that they have experience driving. Country kids do get out on the road at times but it’s usually a very short drive on rural roads. They can drive tractors on the road. I see 12 and 13 year olds driving tractors on the road regularly but we’re talking country roads where houses might be half a mile apart or more. It’s not a big jump from that to driving a vehicle in light traffic.
What? A loophole? How did we bureaucrats miss that one?
We’ll fix that before you know it.
But experience where?
Out in a field driving a combine? When you hit the brakes, the combine stops damn quick.
Not much traffic there.
I will grant you, age is not what makes the difference.
Most NEW drivers (licensed or not) have NO CLUE how much distance it takes to stop the average car going 60mph. Relevant experience is what was needed.
The kind of experience that tells you SPEEDING UP when entering a CONSTRUCTION ZONE can get you KILLED.
This girl got that experience, but a little too late.
This entire thing could have been avoided if we’d have just taken all the cars out of the hands of all the people.
Ban all cars. Save lives.
I started driving at age 11.
A bit young but not out of the norm for the more rural areas.
I wonder if legislation will be proposed in response to this tragedy, for the children.
BTW, the FR timestamps are off by about four minutes.
um... why is a 13 year old driving a car??
I learned to drive when I was 5. I was tall for my age, and my parents made me responsible for the clutch when they push-started the VW (my mom always left the lights on). It took a year or two before I learned to use the starter...;)
I actually learned to fly my mom's j-3 cub straight and level when I was 3. She even let me take it around the pattern when I learned to coordinate my turns.
But the funny thing is - I learned to ride a bicycle after I learned to drive - and I had to use training wheels...
did you wear a cape?, my 7-year old nephew does!
The very same bands (different name) are being advertised on cable TV as we speak. I saw the ads on both A&E and TNT. They were demonstrating the same balancing act you described.