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Raw Footage Shows Horrific Moment 13-Year-Old in Stolen Car Plows Into Defenseless Cyclist

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One of the most terrifying times in a parent’s life is when their kid starts learning how to drive. As a parent, it’s your responsibility to somehow whip your teenager into road-safe shape, and that’s easier said than done.

Sure there are classes your teen can take that will introduce them to the theory behind driving, but when it comes to the rubber meeting the road, that’s generally mom or dad’s duty.

Fortunately there are enough empty parking lots that make good testing grounds. Some kids are a little conservative in their driving habits and need encouragement to drive defensively, and others are leadfoots who need a little talking-down.

Then there’s a completely different category, made up of those bold individuals who strike out without help from anyone. Convinced they can make it on their own, they hit the streets — and in the case of one young woman from Brazil, they hit people, too.

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The condemning video was caught by surveillance cameras in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The clip opens to a black car taking a wide turn down a street.

As it turns, it runs into a cyclist, but plunges forward anyway. The rider and his bike are glued to the front of the car as it veers on, swerving and hitting a tree on the side of the street.

Fortunately, the street was empty. Unfortunately, the rider disappears under the car as it plows into a garage.

Smoke starts billowing up out of the car windows almost immediately. The damaged tree has collapsed on top of the car, and the situation looks grim.

As the filming continues, the car door opens and a girl steps out, walks toward the back of the car and suddenly collapses. She falls flat on her back in the middle of the street.

But something more amazing happens: The biker crawls up from the front of the car, even as people run over to help.

According to the Daily Mail, the young woman was only 13 years old and had decided to steal her parents’ car for a joyride. That joy quickly turned to terror and could have easily taken the life of the man she ran into.

She has since been charged with driving without a license, dangerous driving and culpable bodily injury. Both the underage driver and the man who was hit were treated for injuries, though none of them were serious.

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This could have ended up in two deaths, but thankfully both were able to walk away from the incident — and hopefully the girl will wait until she’s had proper instruction to try driving again.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking