Deadly accident: 7-year-old takes grandmother’s car keys, drives away with sibling, crashes

2 children dead in car accident after taking grandmother’s car keys

JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — A family is mourning the loss of a 7-year-old and the child’s 6-year-old sibling.

Missouri Highway Patrol said the 7-year-old took his grandmother’s car keys and the two boys took off Friday afternoon.

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At first, they were riding around their own property but eventually made it out to a road in Jackson County, KCTV reported.

Police said the 7-year-old was behind the wheel and was speeding when the child lost control of the car. The vehicle went airborne and hit a guardrail before hitting the ground and launching into the air a second time.

Eventually, the car came to a stop when it hit a tree, but the car caught fire, NBC News reported.

Officials said neither child had a seat belt on, KCTV reported.

Both children were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, NBC News reported.

FILE PHOTO: Police in Missouri said a 7-year-old boy took his grandmother's car keys and took her vehicle. He and his younger brother were then killed in a crash.
FILE PHOTO: Police in Missouri said a 7-year-old boy took his grandmother's car keys and took her vehicle. He and his younger brother were then killed in a crash. (Michael "Fuzz" Martin/Getty Images)