A Washington teen died early Friday after a pickup truck driven by a 13-year-old Union girl slammed into her car, authorities said.
Aubrey N. Nothum, 17, was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Creve Coeur, almost three hours after the 12:04 a.m. crash at the intersection of Highway 100 and Route 47, the Missouri Highway Patrol reported.
Nothum was driving a 2002 Mazda westbound on Highway 100 and was stopped at a red light waiting to make a left turn onto southbound Highway 47 when a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by the 13-year-old girl slammed into the driver’s side of Nothum’s car, according to the patrol’s preliminary report.
The 13-year-old was driving at a high rate of speed and fleeing from a Franklin County deputy when she lost control attempting to make a right turn onto Highway 100, the sheriff’s office reported.
Both drivers and the Union girl's brother, age 11, were taken to Mercy Hospital Washington then Nothum was transferred to Mercy Hospital St. Louis. The brother and sister, who were wearing safety belts, sustained moderate injuries, the patrol said. Nothum was not wearing a seat belt, according to the preliminary report.
Nothum is the niece of Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum who serves as an information officer for the Troop C area. He also is a former Washington city councilman.
Sheriff Gary Toelke said just before the crash a deputy who was southbound on Route 47 saw the northbound S-10 crossing onto the shoulder and suspected the driver might be intoxicated.
The deputy turned around and caught up with the truck just south of the city limits and attempted to stop it, but the driver continued on at a moderate speed and refused to stop.
As the truck entered the city, the driver accelerated and sped through two traffic lights, according to the sheriff’s report. The deputy then slowed down but continued the pursuit.
When the S-10 struck the car driven by Nothum, the impact pushed both vehicles off of the north side of Highway 100.
Toelke said it later was determined that the 13-year-old girl had taken her parents’ vehicle without permission and had left with her brother.
The sheriff said charges will be sought for stealing and second-degree murder because the vehicle was stolen. The suspect has been turned over to juvenile authorities.
There was no alcohol located in the vehicle and the suspect driver was not intoxicated, Toelke said.
The crash was investigated by the sheriff’s office, Washington police and the highway patrol, he said.