A Kentucky family recently had an unexpected visitor in their living room when a truck, driven by an 11-year-old girl, crashed into their home.
“It sounded like a bomb went off,” Joshua Pate told WDRB-TV. “Everybody was in shock. Everybody’s still in shock.”
Pate said five children were sitting in the living room at around 2:30 p.m. on Friday when the truck crashed into the home.
Shortly before the girl hit the Pate's home in Louisville, she walloped another car driving down the same road where the family lives.
Kristina Bryan said the girl struck her car so hard that her vehicle spun several times, creating cuts in the pavement, according to WDRB.
“Where was the parents when this little girl even got into the car?" Bryan, whose car was left totaled, asked. "How did this little girl even get access to the keys?”
The girl reportedly said she did it on purpose.
How did this happen?
The girl's grandmother said she thinks an animated TV show where a character steals the keys to a car may have influenced the girl.
It's not immediately clear how the girl was able to take the vehicle from her home.
The girl, whose family said she has autism, reportedly tried to grab the keys off the counter before, so the family was trying to keep the keys hidden from her.
Was anyone injured?
None of the children sitting in the living room where the truck smashed into were injured.
“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 told WDRB.
Pate's rental home will need repairs before the family can live in it again.
Bryan suffered minor scrapes and bruises.
The girl driving the car was not injured.
Why did the girl do this?
Pate told WDRB that he overheard the police speaking to the youth.
“[The officer] couldn’t believe what she said. He was like ‘excuse me?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people,’" Pate said. "And he said ‘I’m sorry, what did you say?’ And she said, ‘I wanted to kill people.'”
What do the girl's parents have to say?
“All we want is an apology from the family, pretty much," Pate told WDRB. "We haven’t heard from them and haven’t heard from anybody."
Pate and Bryan told the news station they are planning legal action against the family, according to the news report.
The Louisville Metro Police Department is still investigating the incident.