Girl, 14, In Grave Condition After Driving Into Tujunga Storm Channel

TUJUNGA (CBS) — A 14-year-old girl was in critical condition and an 18-year-old woman had minor injuries after the girl accidentally drove a car into a storm channel in Tujunga.

The girl and woman were parked in the Sunland Neighborhood Church’s parking lot following a church youth organization event when the girl got behind the wheel, accidentally put the car into reverse, driving through a fence and into the storm wash, Los Angeles police Sgt. Brian McClary.

The crash near Oro Vista Avenue and Hillrose Street was reported at 9:14 p.m. Tuesday, David Ortiz of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

It was unclear why the girl was driving, McClary said.

They both got out of the vehicle before firefighters arrived, Ortiz said. Crews helped put them on back boards to lift them out of the channel safely and took them to a hospital.

The 14-year-old girl suffered head and chest trauma, McClary said. She remained hospitalized in grave condition Wednesday  at Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, according to the LAPD.

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  • HWAshton

    Tragic. Hope the young lady comes through it all and is restored to good health. Though one wonders what was the ADULT in the car thinking, letting a 14-yo behind the wheel. Seems to me that some criminal charges could be filed here.

    • Duh!

      Why would criminal charges be filed? They were on private property and not the public streets.

      Seems like they were possibly practicing driving since you can get a permit at 15 (we don’t know when the girl’s 15th birthday is). When she put it in reverse, she panicked. Good thing this was on private property and not out on the streets.

  • Susanne A.

    I will be praying for the 14 year old girl and her family! God is good and I hope she recovers soon!

  • anon

    If you don’t know exactly what happened don’t make any accusations. Don’t go off assuming there was anything criminal about it, and if you do keep it to yourself. This was a tragedy that has and will affect the families of all who were involved for a long time.

  • Ariana H.

    the “adult” was the girl’s 18 year old friend, and they had just come back from a youth group event

  • Brian

    The 18 year old is her friend and is devasted by this trajedy. The 14 year old is a lovely energetic girl with a loving family. She is in grave condtion. We are all praying that the Great Physician, our Lord and Saviior, Jesus will guide the doctors to restore her to a full life.

  • Brian

    This post was for a sick post that has thankfully ben removed

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