Teen Cited in Crash That Killed Gurnee Girl, Dog

Taylor Stinchcomb took the vehicle and her dog when she overheard the Doberman might need to be euthanized

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    Taylor Stinchcomb allegedly took the vehicle and her family's Doberman after she overheard that the dog, which suffered from cancer, may have had to be euthanized. (Published Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011)

    The teen driving a van last week that rolled over and killed a 15-year-old Gurnee girl and her dog was ticketed Wednesday.

    The 15-year-old driver, who has not been named, apparently lost control of the 2003 Dodge minivan when it crashed in unincorporated Grayslake, police said. She was cited for improper lane usage, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

    In the van was Taylor Stinchcomb, who took the vehicle and her family's Doberman after she overheard that the dog, suffering from cancer, may need to be euthanized.

    Stinchcomb's funeral was held Saturday. Family and friends packed a church in north suburban Gurnee to say their final farewells.

    "She was only 15, and no 15-year-old makes smart decisions every time. … And that’s why we need God’s grace," Phil Stinchcomb said through tears at a service for his niece.