2 males wanted after 11-year-old dies in stolen vehicle crash

2 males wanted after 11-year-old dies in stolen vehicle crash

OPELOUSAS, LA (WAFB) - An 11-year-old girl was killed in a Sunday crash in Opelousas, according to local media.

The girl's aunt, Robbin Gradnigo, told KATC that two unknown males picked up her niece, Bryla Bell, at her mother's house in Lawtell. The aunt said the males were traveling in a stolen vehicle.

KATC reports Bell's family did not know who the unknown males were and how they knew Bell.

The girl's mother, who heard her daughter leaving with the males, tried to follow them in her vehicle. However, the mother was unable to catch up and lost sight of the vehicle.

She then called the police, according to KATC.

The Opelousas Police Department told KATC that police later spotted and tried to stop the stolen vehicle before it fled from authorities.

The two unknown men fled from the moving vehicle near a Walgreens on Creswell Lane.

Police told KATC that Bell took the wheel of the vehicle and continued to flee from police before crashing into a tree at St. Landry Catholic Church on N Main Street. Bell died in the crash.

KATC reported a family member saying Bell was not responsible for stealing the vehicle.

Police are working to determine the unknown males' identities based on the Walgreens surveillance footage, according to KATC.

The investigation is ongoing.

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