WARREN COUNTY, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- Deputies said four people from St. Louis were taken to area hospitals Tuesday night after a car driven by a 15-year-old girl crashed while she was being followed by her parents.
It happened around 11:10 p.m. on Interstate 70 at mile marker 195 in Warren County.
According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the four victims and the teenager’s parents went to pick up a car in Jefferson City.
On the way back, the teenager and three other kids drove a Dodge Neon car while being followed by her parents in a separate vehicle. Deputies said the mother drove with the father in the passenger seat.
“The male subject, the adult, had a suspended driver’s license and he didn’t want to operate the vehicle while on a suspended driver’s license,” said Sgt. Al Nothum with the Missouri Highway Patrol.
Police said the teen driver was traveling eastbound on the interstate when she lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway. The vehicle then struck the median barrier cables and overturned.
The teenager was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Her two brothers, 8 and 10 years old, were taken to a St. Louis-area hospital with moderate injuries. They have all since been released.
The driver’s 5-year-old cousin suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Children’s Hospital. He was upgraded to fair condition Wednesday afternoon, hospital officials said.
Deputies said the teen had a driver’s permit, which not valid without a licensed adult in the passenger’s seat.