PSL woman charged with allowing 12 yo girl to drive a car.
Port St. Lucie Police cited Brittney Ashley Powell on the criminal charge of allowing an unlicensed person to drive a car.
On July 20, 2017 at around 6:36 pm, Port St. Lucie Police went to the intersection of NE Airoso Boulevard and SE St. James Drive for reports of a car crash. It was revealed that car 1 was driven by a 12 year old girl. Powell was in the front passenger seat and a 7 year old girl and 11 year old girl was in the back seat of the car.
The 12 year old driver was traveling south on NE Airoso Boulevard attempting to turn east on NE St. James Drive. As car 1 turned; it crashed into car 2. Car 2 was traveling north on SE Airoso Boulevard at the intersection of NE St. James Drive. The impact caused car 2 to crash into another car that was at the intersection.
All four occupants of car 1 was taken to a local hospital. The female driver of car 2 and her two children were also transported to a nearby hospital. The driver of car 3 was uninjured in the crash. All injuries were classified as non-life threatening.
During the investigation police learned that Powell told the 12 year old girl to drive the car from a house in Port St. Lucie to a Circle K gas station located in the 200 block of NE Airoso Boulevard. After stopping at the Circle K for beverages, Powell again had the 12 year old drive which ultimately resulted in the collision at the intersection of NE Airoso Boulevard and NE St. James Drive.
Police cited Powell with a misdemeanor criminal traffic citation for allowing the 12 year old to drive. Powell and the 12 year old driver were not wearing seat belts. Traffic tickets were issued for that offense.
Port St. Lucie Police is continuing the investigation and will confer with the State Attorney’s Office for possible additional charges stemming from this incident.