A North Carolina child is dead after being involved in an accident with a 15-year-old driver who fled from police, causing his car to run off the road and strike a tree.

According to authorities, an officer noticed the vehicle speeding while heading sound on U.S. Highway 52 on Saturday morning around 11:55 p.m.

The 9-year-old that was sitting in the passenger seat of the car was pronounced dead on the scene.  The 15-year-old was treated and released at a nearby hospital.

Police are continuing their investigation into the chase and the crash.

The rates for traffic accidents are higher for teens than any other age group.  It’s unfortunate, but the lack of experience leaves young drivers with poor hazard and risk detection, lower skill levels, and distracting tendencies.  It’s important that new drivers have thorough instruction and good examples to follow in the form of parents and other mentors.  If a young driver in your family experiences a serious accident, call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.