WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A 17-year-old mother from Washington, Missouri was killed when a car driven by a 13-year-old girl wrecked Friday morning.
Authorities say a Franklin County Deputy was on Highway 47 around 12:04 a.m. when he saw the 13-year-old’s truck cross the shoulder line.
The deputy suspected the driver may have been intoxicated and turned around to make a stop, but the suspect did not yield.
Deputies said the suspect lost control of the truck while approaching the intersection of Highway 47 and Highway 100. She then struck 17-year-old Aubrey Nothum’s vehicle, which was stopped at a traffic light.
Nothum was taken to Mercy Hospital, where she later died.
The suspect’s 11-year-old brother was a passenger in the vehicle. Both he and his sister suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police said they later determined the juvenile had stolen the vehicle from her parents. Charges against the 13-year-old girl are being sought for stealing and second-degree murder. She has been turned over to juvenile authorities.
Nothum had a son who recently turned 1 year old. She would have been a senior at Washington High School this year.
According to her family, Aubrey was a typical teen. After becoming pregnant at 15 year old, they say she turned her life around.
Her sister, Allie, said Aubrey’s son, Jaxon, became the center of her universe.
“....She was still a 17-year-old girl...But she tried so hard...She tried so hard to be responsible,” Allie Nothum said.
Aubrey got a full-time job as a lifeguard and had recently decided to become a nurse to help others.
Allie says she and Aubrey had become more than sisters...
“...Best friends, she became one of my best friends,” she said.
The Chevy pick-up truck driven by the 13-year-old sits in a Washington tow yard, with Aubrey’s Mazda just a few feet away.
A judge will decide if dash-cam video that captured the wreck will be released to the public.
Aubrey Nothum is the niece of Sgt. Al Nothum with the Missouri Highway Patrol.
A fund has been set up for Jaxon Nothum, who had his first birthday on June 3. Contributions can be sent to the Jaxon Nothum Benefit Fund, care of the Bank of Washington. The address is P.O. Box 377 Washington, Missouri 63090.