An 8-year-old Kansas girl died after the vehicle she was driving crashed Nov. 22.
Cadence Orcutt was traveling with her grandfather, Dennis Meers, who agreed to let her take the wheel, when the accident occurred, according to the St. Joseph News Press.
Orcutt lost control of the vehicle and over-compensated by turning to the left, causing the car to leave the road, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
“[The vehicle] overturned into a creek,” said police officer Adam Simon. “I don’t think the water played any role in the death, but the vehicle came to a rest on its top.”
Orcutt was pronounced dead at the scene, while Meers was taken to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
“Grandpa said he gave her permission to drive and she crashed,” added Simon. “It is just really an unfortunate accident.”
News of the accident prompted several responses on social media, many of which queried why a girl so young had been allowed to drive.
“For all the judgmental people saying bad things about me and my parenting skills, there’s one thing you all should know — I am so over protective of my children,” Brittany Orcutt, Cadence’s mother, wrote on Facebook, according to CJ Online. “I would have absolutely never let my daughter drive on one gravel road.”
“I wasn’t with her and if I had been, this wouldn’t have happened. I don’t need anyone’s judgment. I’m blaming myself enough as it is. My heart is dying. There are no words. There’s nothing. She will never come home again,” she added.
Officers said Orcutt was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash took place.
“I am full of hate, pain, and all else. I had plans for her she wanted to be an art teacher. She wanted to go to college and damn it she could’ve — she was smart as a whip,” Brittany Orcutt’s post continued.
Officer Simon said that a report on the incident will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office in order to determine if any charges will be filed.