Teen escapes, killed in police chase

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TAYLOR COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -  A teenage girl is dead when a high speed police chase ends in tragedy.

According to Taylor County Sheriff Jeff Watson, 16-year-old Christina Beard escaped from the Georgia Center for Youth (in between Reynolds and Butler, Georgia) Monday morning. The sheriff says Beard stole car keys out of a worker's jacket, found their car in the parking lot and took off.

He says she tried to run over an employee at the facility and once on the road, tried to run officers off the road, driving erratically and with "no regard for other people."

Officers started chasing her in Reynolds, Georgia and the pursuit continued into Peach County. Peach County Coroner Terry Rooks says when Beard tried to make a turn, her stolen car ended up under a truck and she was killed instantly.

The teen, from Lithonia, Georgia, was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt force injuries.

Sheriff Watson says Beard left a note behind saying she was "ready to die" and he believes she may have suffered from mental issues.

"It's bad for anyone to lose their life in an accident but to lose a 16-year-old and then over the holidays, it's just terrible," Watson said.

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