8-year-old girl allowed to drive by grandfather killed after crashing car

Photo courtesy the Orcutt family/KSHB

TROY, Kan. (AP) – Authorities say an 8-year-old northeast Kansas girl has died after the car she was driving ran off a roadway and down an embankment.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says 8-year-old Cadence Orcutt of Troy died in the accident Sunday. The patrol told the The St. Joseph News Press that Cadence was in a vehicle with her grandfather, Dennis Meers, 56, of St. Joseph, around 3:45 p.m. Meers sustained injuries in the wreck.

Cadence’s parents Brittany and Joseph Orcutt said that Cadence was on 175th Street when the accident happened.

“She loved helping people. She was the best big sister. We don’t deserve this, we don’t deserve this,” said Brittany Orcutt.

Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper Adam Simon told The St. Joseph News Press that troopers and Doniphan County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the accident.

He says the adult in the car had given the child permission to drive.

Simon says the accident is under investigation. The case will be turned over to the county attorney.

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Some information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, http://www.newspressnow.com.

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