Taylor Mae Stinchcomb, 15, took off in her family’s Dodge minivan from their home in Gurnee, Ill., at around midnight on Tuesday with her 6-year-old Doberman, Romulus. The distraught by her beloved dog’s illness, died in a car crash while fleeing her home with the cancer-stricken pup. hit the jump to read the rest of the story.
An Illinois teen, distraught by her beloved dog’s illness, died in a car crash while fleeing her home with the cancer-stricken pup, police said.
Taylor Mae Stinchcomb, 15, took off in her family’s Dodge minivan from their home in Gurnee, Ill., at around midnight on Tuesday with her 6-year-old Doberman, Romulus, Lake County Sheriff’s office said.
She picked up a 15-year-old friend and, at one point, she turned the wheel over to the friend after becoming to distraught to drive, cops said.
That girl later lost control of the van, which flipped off the road and slammed into several trees and a utility pole near Wildwood, a neighboring town, cops said.
A local who witnessed the crash ran up to the wreck and used the driver’s cell to call police. When rescuers arrived, Stinchcomb was pinned in the passenger’s seat, but alive, cops said.
She was able to talk to rescue crews at the scene, but died of multiple internal injuries about an hour later, at 1:40 a.m., at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.
The dog was thrown from the car and also killed.
The other girl survived with minor injuries. Cops haven’t identified her because of her age.
Police said she was wearing a seatbelt, but they don’t believe Stinchcomb was.
Family members said Stinchcomb got the dog from a shelter as a gift for her 13th birthday, and she was shattered when he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month.
The family hadn’t decided to put the pooch down, but had discussed it as a possibility, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Stinchcomb couldn’t bear the thought.
“That dog was everything to her,” her sister, Mallorie Holler, 26, told Illinois’ Daily Herald Newspaper.
“(Until) the very end, they were together,” she added.
Friends and classmates at Warren Township High School remembered Stichcomb as a loyal friend who loved softball and animals and was active in her local church group.
“She had the biggest personality ever,” friend Kathrina Montondo told the Tribune. “She was larger than life and a hoot. I’ve never met a 15-year-old like her.”