Questions remain after girl dies driving car in Colombia in crash


A 12-year-old girl died early Sunday morning after a car accident, Howard County police said. County police said the car hit a tree around 2:08 a.m. Sunday on Broken Land Parkway near Cradlerock Way in the Columbia area. Josseline Molina-Rivas, was pronounced dead at the scene. She came to the United States from El Salvador five years ago. She was about to enter sixth grade. “She was such a funny girl, so friendly, so smart. She was so cute,” said Pablo Rivas, Josseline’s uncle. Josseline’s 36-year-old stepfather was a passenger in the car and was being taken to Shock Trauma, where he remains in serious condition, police said. Police said it was not known why they got out in the car at 2 a.m. or why the girl was driving. alcohol or drugs may not have been a factor for either occupant,” said Howard County Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. The Family Crimes and Sexual Assault Division is also looking into the case. Police said investigators tracked down the registered owner of the car and determined that the driver and passenger lived in the same apartment with numerous family members and residents. sleep with her because her husband liked to take the car out at different times, but that night she left them hanging in the hallway. Rivas said the family was in shock over what happened. “I still don’t understand why it happened,” Rivas said. “He always wanted to make her happy. I don’t know why he gave her the car. I don’t know why because the police say she was driving. driving when I’m in the car because you’re a kid, you’re only 12.'” Rivas said the family had very little money and they were hoping to raise $20,000 to pay for the funeral A GoFundMe page has been set up for funeral expenses, on which the family posted a statement: “Our beloved Josseline recently passed away in the early morning of July 24th in a fatal car accident where she was pronounced dead on the places. Josseline was a wonderful girl. and niece who marked the lives of those around her. She leaves behind her mother and her two uncles.” Josseline was young and her life was full ahead of her. She was in fifth grade. She liked to dance and play with her little cousins. “We are all devastated by the loss of Josseline and were unprepared for the high cost of a funeral service. We want to give Josseline the memorial she deserves, honor her memory and say our final goodbyes.” donations to help cover the costs of Josseline’s funeral. We need to raise $20,000 by July 27 in order to pay for the funeral. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated and help rest his mother, his only child.”

A 12-year-old girl died early Sunday morning after a car accident, Howard County police said.

County police said the car hit a tree around 2:08 a.m. Sunday on Broken Land Parkway near Cradlerock Way in the Columbia area.

The driver, Josseline Molina-Rivas, was pronounced dead at the scene. She came to the United States from El Salvador five years ago. She was about to enter sixth grade.

“She was such a funny girl, so friendly, so smart. She was so cute,” said Pablo Rivas, Josseline’s uncle.

Josseline’s 36-year-old stepfather was a passenger in the car and was taken to Shock Trauma, where he remains in serious condition, police said. Police said it was unclear why they got out in the car at 2 a.m. or why the girl was driving.

“At this point we know speed was a factor, our reconstructionists have determined that, but we are still investigating whether alcohol or drugs may have been a factor for either occupant” , said Howard County Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn. said.

Police said no charges were filed and a Spanish-speaking officer was waiting to question the stepfather. The Family Crimes and Sexual Assault Division is also looking into the case.

Police said investigators tracked down the registered owner of the car and determined that the driver and passenger lived in the same apartment with numerous family members and residents.

WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with Josseline’s mother, who said she usually takes the car keys to bed with her because her husband likes to take the car out at different times, but that night , she left them hanging in the hallway.

Rivas said the family was in shock over what happened.

“I still don’t understand why it happened,” Rivas said. “He always wanted to make her happy. I don’t know why he gave her the car. I don’t know why because the police say she was driving. driving when I’m in the car because you’re a kid, you’re only 12.'”

Rivas said the family had very little money and hoped to raise $20,000 to pay for the funeral.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for funeral expenses, on which the family posted a statement: “Our beloved Josseline recently passed away in the early morning of July 24th in a fatal car accident where she was pronounced dead at the scene. . Josseline was a wonderful girl. and niece who marked the lives of those around her, she leaves behind her mother and her two uncles.

“Josseline was young and had a full life ahead of her. She was in fifth grade. She loved to dance and play with her baby cousins.

“We are all devastated by the loss of Josseline and were unprepared for the high cost of a funeral service. We want to give Josseline the memorial she deserves, honor her memory and bid her our final farewells.

“I am currently asking for donations to help cover the costs of Josseline’s funeral. We need to raise $20,000 by July 27 in order to pay for the funeral. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated and would help her mother put, her only child, to rest.”


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