Milwaukee, WI – Police have arrested a 13-year-old girl who they say was behind the wheel of the stolen car that struck and killed a bicyclist earlier this month. If you are to believe some of the witness statements, this girl joins the gang of the more callous, apathetic juveniles we have featured on this site in the past.
The girl had been out with friends stealing cars throughout the night when, at around 6:35 a.m, she and another girl where in a stolen Dodge Neon drag racing with two males in a stolen Chrysler minivan. The girl ended up hitting and killing 57-year-old Ronald Forbes, who had been riding his bicycle to work as he did every day.
Witnesses say that after the crash, the two girls got of the Neon and jumped into the minivan with the two boys before fleeing the scene. Using fingerprints obtained from the Neon and the minivan later found abandoned, they were able to track down the 13-year-old driver who hit Forbes. She was with other girls in yet another stolen car.
She told police that she and friends had been out stealing cars the night she struck Forbes, and that she may have been doing around 80 mph when she hit him. She said that she felt a bump, but had no idea she had hit a person. But according to her friends, that’s not the case.
The girl who had been riding shotgun in the Neon told police that she tried to get the girl to slow down and warned her about “the dude on the bike,” but that she ignored her. In fact, she says that the 13-year-old driver got a mad look on her face and intentionally steered towards Forbes. One of the boys in the minivan told police that the girl seemed to think hitting Forbes was funny, saying that he shouldn’t have been in the street in the first place.
The girl is being charged as an adult, although she can seek a waiver to have her case heard in Children’s Court. She’s facing four felony counts of reckless homicide, hit and run resulting in death, and operating and attempting to operate a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
She was in Children’s Court on Monday, where she was ordered to undergo a psychological examination. She’ll be back in court on Sept 7.