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12-Year-Old Driver Killed in Early Morning Crash With Stepfather in Passenger Seat

A 12-year-old girl killed in a single car crash on a Maryland parkway early Sunday morning had been driving the car.

Josseline Molina-Rivas was in the driver’s seat with her 36-year-old stepfather as the passenger, Howard County police and the girl’s family said on Monday.

The stepfather, who has not been named, was seriously hurt and remains hospitalized, WRC said.

“The police came knocking on the door and said, ‘Who is Josseline?’ I responded, ‘My daughter,’” Grecia Rivas, Josseline’s mother, said in Spanish. “Josseline was driving my vehicle? I didn’t know that my daughter was driving my car. I never gave her my car. I never taught her how to drive.”

Police said the pair were headed south on Broken Land Parkway shortly after 2 a.m. when the car left the road and hit a tree. They said they believe speed was a factor in the crash.

Rivas said her daughter was beside her in bed when she went to sleep, but she woke up and couldn’t find her — or her car keys.

“I don’t know anything,” she said. “I don’t even know where they were going.”

Police are still trying to determine why the girl was driving and why either of the two were in the car at 2 a.m.

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