New Details Revealed About The 11-Year-Old Girl Who Drove A Car Into A Home Because She "Wanted To Kill People"

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No one was injured in the crash.

One Kentucky family is shaken up after police say a truck drove into the front of their house in Louisville on Friday. Surprisingly enough, the driver of that car was an 11-year-old girl who told officers she crashed the car on purpose. 

Joshua Pate, who lives in the home, returned from work around 2:30 when the crashed happened. “It sounded like a bomb went off,” said Pate, whose home was damaged. “Everybody was in shock. Everybody’s still in shock.”

According to him, five children were sitting in the living room and he says the family couch saved their lives. 

“The loveseat slid around and made kind of like a barrier ... the back of it is kind of high and I think the kids just slid with the loveseat,” Pate said.  

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When questioned by officers at the scene of the crash, the young driver said she purposely drove the car into the living room because she "wanted to kill people." 

“(The officer) couldn’t believe what she said. He was like ‘excuse me?’" Pate said. "And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people.’ And he said ‘I’m sorry, what did you say?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people.'" 


Before the young driver crashed into the home, she hit Kristina Bryan's car. Bryan was driving and said she was hit so hard that her car spun several times and created cuts in the pavement.

She only suffered minor scrapes and bruises but her car is totaled. “Where was the parents when this little girl even got into the car?" asked Bryan. "How did this little girl even get access to the keys?”

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The girl's grandmother believes that she was influenced by an animated TV show she watches where a character steals keys to a car. According to her, they've been hiding the keys for some time because the girl has tried to grab them off the counter before. 

Her family also said she has autism. 

Pate said he and his family forgive the little girl but have still not received an apology from her or her family. 

Pate and his family, who were renting the home, will be displaced for a month while the home is being repaired. "All we want is an apology from the family, pretty much," he said. "We haven’t heard from them and haven’t heard from anybody."

Both Pate and Bryan are both seeking legal action against the girl's family, and LMPD said they're still investigating the case but doubt any criminal charges will be filed. 

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