Cops: 14-year-old driver kills 16-year-old pedestrian

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St. Tammany authorities say a 14-year-old boy driving a pickup slammed into a gate on private property, pushing the gate into two girls.  One of the girls died.

"A 14-year-old boy was driving a pickup truck down a private roadway when he approached a lock gate," St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Sgt. Suzanne Carboni said in a news release. "Two 16-year-old girls were with an ATV on the opposite side of the gate."

Carboni says for reasons unknown, the 14-year-old crashed into the gate. Pushing it into the girls.  

"One of the girls was driving the ATV and the second girl was standing beside it."

The sergeant says the girl sitting on the ATV suffered only minor injuries.

"The second girl sustained critical injuries and was brought by medical personnel to a local hospital. She was then airlifted to a Southshore hospital, where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries," Carboni said.

This happened Monday around 4:00pm in the area of Teal Road near Pearl River.

"This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information will be provided at this time."