SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Police say a 15-year-old driver fleeing from police ran off a road and hit a tree, killing her 9-year-old passenger near Mount Airy.
Authorities said they saw the vehicle speeding around 11:54 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 52 South and tried pulling the driver over at U.S. 601.
Officials said a chase started and continued onto Edgewood Drive and Carter Street.
Police said the driver lost control, ran off the side of the road, struck a tree and became partially submerged in the Ararat River. Officials said the car was dashboard-deep in the water by the time emergency crews arrived to the scene.
Officers said the juveniles involved were brother and sister.
Authorities said the 9-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. The 15-year-old was treated and released from Northern Hospital of Surry County.
Channa Harrison is the mother of the boy who was killed. She said her son was a student and football player at Pilot Mountain Elementary School.
“He was very well-loved and very well-known at his school he was a good child,” Harrison said. “Sheldon was the baby out of six children. He was the baby so he will be truly missed because he was the joy he was the one that kept us all together.”
Officers said Sheldon was in the passenger side of the car where most of the damage was done.
Authorities said the official cause of the wreck is still under investigation, but speed was a factor.
All donations for the family may be sent to Spencer Funeral Home at 824 North Main St. in Mount Airy.