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Police: A 12-year-old girl was driving in a fatal crash at Howard Co.

The family say the girl’s 36-year-old stepfather was also in the car.

COLUMBIA, Md. — A 12-year-old girl was killed after crashing into a tree early Sunday morning in Columbia, Md., while her stepfather was in the passenger seat, family members told WUSA9.

Josseline Molina-Rivas, 12, was killed in the accident, the police reported.

The family said stepfather Mario Arturo-Artiga, 36, is in a coma and unable to speak.

They are mystified as to why a 7th grader was supposed to be behind the wheel at 2am

The crash happened just south of the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Cradlerock Drive South at 2:08 a.m., police said. Authorities believe speeding was a likely factor in the accident

“The police say she was driving – and we can’t accept that,” said Josseline’s uncle, Pablo Aaron Rivas.

“She was with her stepfather and I don’t know what happened,” Rivas said. “We didn’t know why she was driving.”

Rivas claims that Josseline’s mother woke up in the middle of the night to find Arturo-Artiga, her daughter and the car keys missing. The police called with the tragic news soon after.

Josselin, described on the family’s GoFundMe page as “promising and bright,” was about to enter grade 7 at nearby Oakland Mills High School and was learning guitar, her uncle said.

“She was friendly, funny, very funny and very smart. I can’t accept that I will never see her again,” Rivas said.

Howard County police are investigating whether alcohol or drugs may have been involved, and the circumstances under which Josseline left in the middle of the night with her Arturo-Artiga, according to the police spokeswoman. , Sherry Llwellyn.

“It’s particularly unusual because of the girls’ ages and also because it was two in the morning, so we have a lot of investigation to do to figure out all the details around this incident,” Llwellyn said.

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