Girl, 15, Ticketed For Crash That Killed Friend, Dog

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. (CBS) — A traffic ticket has been issued against a 15-year-old girl, who was driving in a crash last week that killed her friend and a sick dog.

The girl was cited for improper lane usage in the June 21 crash in rural Lake County near Grayslake, which killed Taylor Mae Stinchcomb, 15, and her ailing Doberman, Romulus, Lake County authorities said.

Taylor was upset that Romulus might have to be euthanized due to cancer. So she took off in her parents’ 2003 Dodge minivan with a friend – a decision that ended up killing her and the dog.

The rollover accident happened around 12:45 a.m. June 21 on Almond Road just south of Belvidere Road in unincorporated Grayslake, according to Lake County sheriff’s police.

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.

Romulus also died in the accident, but details about the dog’s injuries were not released.

Police have not released the name of Taylor’s friend who was ticketed, given that she is only 15 years old. She is not legally old enough to hold a driver’s license, but no mention was made of any tickets on that charge.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office is waiting for analysis of data gathered from the vehicle’s black box, and toxicology results, which will be reviewed by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office. But police do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Primetime Editorials

    how can u say such a thing, young lady may u rest in peace
    and peeeeeeeeelease come and haunt bitney cause who ever he/she is a rude evil doo doo head…LMAO

  • town marshal

    What a sad commentary this is – both the tragic events that occured and some of the insensitive lame remarks made here which I can only conclude are by children. Grow up! The lives of 2 people and their families are forever changed and some treat this as a comedy. Don’t you have any compassion or empathy? I can’t believe your parents raised such neanderthals.

    • NWA

      @town marshal:

      Amen! These people have little brains, small minds and, no souls.


    • bitney

      who cares dude

  • Gabe

    I cannot believe they waited weeks to give a citation ! Oh, i forgot she happens to be a white . Anyway if it were other she would’ve been charged with auto theft, cruelty to animals and reckless homicide. PPPPPLEASE WHAT A JOKE. Now that’s sad. And don’t even start with the invisible man in the sky because if he really was there he would of struck you out along time ago.

  • Roberta Waker

    Gabe. Why do you have to play the race card? This had nothing to do with the accident or the charges as police often wait before charges are placed in incidents like this. They probably didn’t charge her with multiple violations because her friend died and she will have to live with that for the rest of her life. Have you no compassion? Geeez.

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