Washington, MO (KSDK) - The 17-year-old niece of a Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman was killed Friday morning after her car was struck by a fleeing juvenile driver at the intersection of two Franklin County highways.
Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke tells NewsChannel 5 a deputy was southbound on Highway 47 and found cause to stop a northbound vehicle that had crossed the centerline of the road. The deputy turned his patrol car around and attempted to catch the suspect vehicle, which speeded ahead.
The deputy backed off and radioed ahead to other officers, who got into position to stop the speeding suspect, who then tried turning onto Hwy 100 and crashed.
Aubrey Nothum of Washington, Missouri, the niece of Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum, was killed in the crash. The driver of the fleeing vehicle has been identified as a 13-year-old girl. According to Sheriff Toelke, the 13-year-old girl had 12-year-old brother in the car at the time of the crash. Both sustained non-life threatening injuries.
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The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the 13-year-old stole the vehicle from her parents and brought her brother along.
The Franklin County Sheriff wants the 13-year-old driver accused of slamming into Aubrey to face second degree murder charges. But, charges won't be filed until the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney gets the investigation and a juvenille court judge decides if she should be tried as an adult.
"There's a lot of factors that go into that determination the seriousness of the crime is one, how many contacts she's had with juvenille issues in the past," says local attorney Tim Engelmeyer.
He says the girl's main issue is that the death of Aubrey is not the only thing she could be charged for since she's also accused of stealing her parents' car.
"When this accident occurred she was committing a felony and so that bumps everything up to a possible second degree murder charge," says Engelmeyer. "My thought or guess would be that at that age she probably wouldn't be certified as an adult for this."
Until this case sits before a judge, we won't know the fate of the 13-year-old driver.
A benefit fund has been set up for the 1-year-old son Aubrey left behind. Donations can be made to the "Jaxon Nothum Benefit Fund" care of Bank of Washington, P.O. Box 377, Washington, Missouri 63090.
The funeral is on Tuesday, and visitation is set for Monday, but the name of the funeral home has not been released.