Sioux Falls boy, 13, sneaks out with grandparents' car, kills motorcyclist
According to The Star Tribune, a 13 year old Sioux Falls boy took his grandparents new Ford Fusion without their knowledge on June 15th. The boy was less than a mile from his
home when he struck Jason Rollings, 37, of Sioux Falls.
Mr. Rollings was riding his Harley-Davidson just a few blocks from his home when he was struck by the teen.
Mr. Rollings was taken to Sanford Hospital with an apparent leg injury that was noted to be serious but not life-threatening. Unfortunately a blood clot formed in his brain and he suffered a massive stroke. He was taken off life support when doctors determined that he would never walk or talk again. Mr. Rollings owned a graphic design company and leaves behind a wife, two sons, a stepson and two stepdaughters. The teen has been charged with several crimes.
South Dakota came in at the bottom of a recent survey of the best and worst states for safe teen driving. WalletHub, a personal finance social media network, pointed to the state's lax graduated licensing practices for its poor showing. A 14-year-old can drive legally by themselves in South Dakota with a restricted permit.
Source: Star Tribune,"Sioux Falls boy, 13, sneaks out with grandparents' car, kills motorcyclist" Paul Walsh, June 19, 2014. Maschka, Riedy & Ries