Distraught Girl, Sick Dog Killed In Crash Near Grayslake

UPDATED 06/21/11 11:03 p.m.

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. (CBS) — A 15-year-old girl is dead following a crash near Grayslake, in which she asked a friend to take the wheel because she was too upset that her dog was going to be euthanized.

The dog in question was in the vehicle at the time, and also died in the crash.

As CBS 2’s Pamela Jones explains, he rollover accident happened around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday on Almond Road just south of Belvidere Road in unincorporated Grayslake, according to Lake County sheriff’s police.

The girl, identified as Taylor Mae Stinchcomb of Gurnee, joined her friend in taking her parents’ 2003 Dodge minivan – and the dog – without their permission, because she was upset that the dog might soon be put down due to cancer.

Both Taylor and her friend were 15, and thus too young to hold driver’s licenses.

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Taylor was originally driving – police have not indicated where, if anywhere, she was destined – but she later because so upset about the dog that she asked her friend to drive, police said.

The girl turned south on Almond Road, headed to Casey Road, then turned around north on Almond Road again. The stretch of Almond Road on which she was driving runs for slightly over a mile through a largely wooded area – dead-ending into Belvidere Road on the north end and Casey Road on the south with no cross-streets in between.

It was as the girl headed back north on Almond Road that she lost control of the van and hit several trees and a utility pole on the east side of the road, police said.

Taylor was trapped in the passenger seat, and had to be extricated by Grayslake firefighters. She was breathing and talking before being taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, but later died from apparent multiple internal injuries, police said.

The dog also died in the accident, police said. Details about the dog’s injuries were not released.

Taylor’s friend survived, and information about her injuries were not specified. Police say charges could be brought against her.

Sheriff’s investigators are probing the cause of the crash, but do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved. An autopsy on Taylor is scheduled for later Tuesday at the Lake County coroner’s office.

A statement was released by Brian Faulkner, Taylor’s uncle, on the family’s behalf.

“Taylor Stinchcomb above all things loved. She loved her Lord, she loved her family and friends and she loved animals.

She was accomplished in many sports including softball, basketball and particularly loved horseback riding.

She was so very full of life and knew she was right with God. Today all of heaven rejoiced in receiving her.

Because of her tremendous passion for her pet dog who was very very sick, she made a risky decision last night to take our car and her dog to be with a friend. She did this without our knowledge, and without the forethought that we would have hoped she would have, but the fact remains that she was only 15 and no 15 year old makes the right decision every time. None of us is perfect, and that’s why we need God’s grace.

As her family, we are asking for your understanding and compassion, which is exactly what Taylor would have naturally offered to anyone. And we ask all parents, of teens especially, to just love on them and celebrate them every day. Don’t take a single day for granted.”

  • iris

    Too, too sad.

    • Corner Wino

      ifeel sad for her and her true love for her pet,…the parents are terrible, rotten…..wouldn’t spend a buck for the dig, ….hope they sleep well at nite knowing they caused those deaths of their daughter and her loving pet….sleep tight mom , dad…

      • Tom

        Troll. Hope you sleep well yourself, loser.

  • whatdupee

    bad dogg?

  • ks

    how would you feel if this was your family member and people were calling them dumb? be respectful

  • Roberta Waker

    How tragic that this young girl couldn’t talk to her parents about her concerns over the dog. Taking the family car without permission and driving without a license was not a smart move; but obviously her concerns for the dog obliterated common sense. Where were the parents of these girls when the car was taken? Parents need to talk with their kids so tragedies like this can be avoided.

    • Josh

      Please refrain from leaving your opinion about the family when you dont know the situation. Parents were obiviously sleeping 12:30 am. Parents are good parents, you dont know if they have been talking to their child. Dont tell me that 15 you did not make some dumb moves. How about make comments of condolense than bach parents.

  • Roberta Waker

    You never had to put a pet down or watch a family member die? She was young and foolish, but her concern for her beloved pet overrode common sense. Let he who never made a mistake throw the first stone. The parents should have picked up on her emotional state; but sometimes they get too busy. . .

  • roc

    I agree with Roberta, Who doesn’t notice someone leaving the house this late and with the family car. Common sense is not that common anymore. Another good reason to raise the driving age to 21. Teenagers just don’t know how to react to pressure and put them behind a wheel when their head is somewhere else. Bad move.

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  • miss Stella

    My condolences to the friends and family. So sad. Will be in my prayers.

  • billyd

    Everyone’s an expert. As with any Greek chorus, those of you with the pointed or ugly comments should just STFU and worry about your own lives. This family just lost two of its loved ones. Give ’em a break.

  • Rudey

    Hey Hillbilly d,

    Why don’t you STFU. You obviously have nothing better to do either. Yet if this girl crashed into a car driven by your family and killed them it would be a different story.

  • Gabe

    Go figure, white people.

  • srdib

    unless you lost a pet that was family, you have no right to judge or talk bad about this kid. at least she tried to do the right thing and said she couldnt drive. hope she and the dog are in heaven together.

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  • Outraged

    you are all the least compassionate group of people i have ever met. this is a tragedy and you people have nothing better to do than to leave nasty comments and show people how dumb you are! unless you have been in this situation, STFU!! My condolences to the family.

  • Deborah

    To all making negative comments about Taylor and her family – If you do not have something kind to say don’t say anything at all – Cut this family a break – Let love help both girls family help them through this – We are too mean to each other – Love one another – I would love to put my arms around Taylors family and also hug the the other girls family also – PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU TAYLOR’S FAMILY AND TO THE FAMILY OF THE GIRL DRIVING –

  • Concerned

    I just hope that the girl doesn’t get charged.

    And by god, this article is terribly written.

    This is CBS. Come on.

  • Ashely

    Okay seriously. I knew this girl (not directy but I knew enough) and you all need to stop leaving your opinions on their parenting. I’m pretty sure her parents would not be sleeping and hear her leave and just let it slide that she was taking their car without a liscenese. For all you know they could be reading your comments and really be convincing themselves that it was their fault. What kind of cruel person would want to make someone feel that way. Keep your opinions to yourselves and re-evaluate your lives.

  • Alex

    This chick was stupid. I understand grief over a dog to be euthanized, but she wasn’t thinking about the dog. She would rather have kept the dog alive to slowly (and perhaps painfully) die of cancer. I hope the crash killed the dog swiftly and painlessly.

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