Police: ‘Hello Kitty’ purse thief causes fatal wreck near Houston

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The Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 2:32 PM

PASADENA, Texas (AP) - Police say a shoplifter killed a mother and injured a teenage girl in a car accident as she fled a Wal-Mart from where she had stolen a Hello Kitty purse.

Pasadena Police Department spokesman Vance Mitchell said that the shoplifter pushed a security guard to the ground around 1 a.m. Sunday and fled the parking lot in a pickup truck. She ran a red light and smashed into a car that was driving through the intersection.

Mitchell says the mother driving the car was killed instantly. The teenage girl was airlifted to an area hospital.

The shoplifter was arrested pending criminal charges.

Mitchell would not identify either the shoplifter or the woman killed.

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