12-Year-Old Driver Flips Car with Friend

A 12-year-old driver flipped his mom’s car Friday night while driving the vehicle with his 14-year-old friend, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The child took the 2007 Chevrolet Aveo hatchback for a joy ride around 11 p.m. Friday, south on Devonshire Road from Highway 12. A trooper spotted the vehicle and turned his lights and siren on, but the boy kept driving, reaching speeds up to 80 miles per hour, according to news reports.

The joy ride continued as the boy turned off the head lights and curved left at a high speed. According to news reports,“the car then veered off the roadway to the right, hit a power pole tension wire and continued off the roadway for several hundred feet.”

Then, the car rolled over and came to a stop in the roadway.

Amazingly, neither boy was seriously hurt, largely because both were wearing their seatbelts.

The 12-year-old driver was treated by medics at the scene and was released to his mother. The 14-year-old passenger was not unharmed. Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash, the State Patrol said.

As a Seattle car accident attorney, I’m glad to hear that the boys weren’t hurt. While the boys made a bad decision by getting into the car and taking a joy ride, at least they made a good decision by putting on their seatbelt. The proper restraint probably prevented much more serious injuries.

The State Patrol is continuing to investigate the car accident, according to news reports.