Fort Meade, FL – Destiny Ensslin, 14, was allegedly behind the wheel of the vehicle which caused a multi-car crash that took the lives the girl’s mother and little sister. The Chevrolet Cobalt reportedly driven by the young teenager, who did not have a driver’s license, reportedly drove into oncoming traffic, sending a total of three cars crashing.
Destiny’s 8-year-old sister, Delaney, who was riding in the backseat, died at the scene of the Florida accident. Dawn, the mother, was pronounced dead later at a nearby hospital, according to the Daily Mail. The drivers and passengers in the other cars suffered only minor injuries.
Why was the 14-year-old girl driving the car in the first place? That is a question police officers want answered as well. The teen was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where she is currently listed in critical but stable condition. Officers will have to wait until the injured teenager has recovered enough to speak before getting answers to the lingering questions surrounding the tragic car crash.
Community members who presumably know the accident victims speculate that Dawn may have been teaching her daughter how to drive. A statement released by the family noted their thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved with the tragedy, according to 10 News.
The Ensslin family had this to say in the aftermath of the deadly accident:
“We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of support from the community. We ask that you please respect our privacy now as we mourn the untimely loss of our loved ones.”
Law enforcement officers believe the Fort Meade girl was attempting to cross US 17 at County Road 640, but hit a minivan in the process.