On the morning of July 18, a 15-year-old girl was out for a joyride in Maple Valley, Washington, after commandeering her godmother’s 2004 Toyota Camry.
The teen — whose name has been left unstated due to her age — lived with her godmother and certainly did not have permission to use the car, but that didn’t stop her from sneaking out with some friends, one of whom followed in a car behind hers.
Based on later witness accounts, surveillance video and confessions, the teens blew through a stop sign and were going 50 mph in a 35 zone.
Then the girl spotted a jogger, 53-year-old Gregory Moore, shortly after 6 a.m. Moore was a total stranger, but that didn’t matter to the teen.
“I’m going to scare him, I’m going to bump him,” the underage driver allegedly said, according to a friend who was in the car with her at the time, as shared by the Kent Reporter.
The friend driving behind her later reported hearing a loud noise and seeing something fly into the air. After driving a bit further, the car stopped and the teen got out to look at the car.
“They were freaking out,” the source said.
When the girl got home, she denied having driven the car and told her godmother that someone had hit it with a bat.