Girl Distraught Over Ailing Dog Dies in Crash

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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)

    A 15-year-old Gurnee girl died in an accident after she took her parents' van early Tuesday morning.

    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.

    Another 15-year-old girl, who hasn't been named, was driving the 2003 Dodge minivan when it rolled over on Almond Road, in unincorporated Grayslake, according to Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Christopher Thompson.

    The vehicle struck several trees and a utility pole after leaving the roadway, said Thompson.

    Stinchcomb was taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where she was pronounced dead at about 1:45 a.m., Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said. The dog died in the accident as well.

    "This case is absolutely heartbreaking," said Undersheriff Charles Fagan.  "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both girls involved in this incident."

    There's no word on the status of the 15-year-old driver.