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13-year-old girl dies after stolen vehicle crashes into concrete pillar at I10 and Major Drive

Beaumont Police are looking for two suspects, two others are in custody.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Police are investigating after an early Sunday morning wreck left a 13-year-old Beaumont girl dead. 

Beaumont police officers responded to the 3100 block of Ethan Symone Street around 4 a.m., after receiving regarding an auto burglary.

Officers found the suspects fleeing the scene in a 2023 Silver Hyundai, according to a Beaumont Police Department Facebook post. The Hyundai was reported stolen by Nederland Police Department.

The driver lost control of the car at Major Drive and Interstate 10 and crashed into a concrete pillar. Five people were in the vehicle when the crash took place.

Four of the five minors ran away from the scene. All of them were eventually caught and identified.

Police found the 13-year-old girl inside the Hyundai. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The girl was later identified as Theresa Franklin. She is a Beaumont Independent School District student.

One of the suspects who was caught is the 13-year-old girl's sister, officials told 12News. She is cooperating with the investigation. 

Criminal charges are expected to be filed. Justice of the Peace Ben Collins has ordered an autopsy.

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