A man and the dog he was walking were struck fatally Thursday, Aug. 15, in Houston by a 12-year-old girl driving a car, police said.

The incident happened at 4 p.m. in southwest Houston.

Police said a man allowed the girl to drive an SUV. She accidentally put too much pressure on the gas and hit the 40-year-old man and his pet.

“Apparently, she pulled out and made a mistake and hit the gas instead of the brake and struck the gentleman that was walking his dog,” Houston police Lt. Thurston Roberson said.

The man died at the scene, and the dog died later.

People in the area think the man should be held responsible.

“That’s sad, that’s very sad. Especially if it’s a 12-year-old. She shouldn’t have been driving,” Julie Armstrong said. “The adult should be responsible for letting a child drive because she shouldn’t have  been driving at all.”

“That’s the big question,” a neighbor said. “I mean, for me, I would never allow my children behind the wheel of the car, especially not at that age. Very tragic for the gentleman and his dog to be hit and killed.”

Police said an active investigation was ongoing.

“It’s a tragic crash. It’s a tragic incident and happens all too often in our community,” Sean Teare, chief of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said.

“You can’t allow a young child to drive in a populated place,” Teare said.

The man could face charges of child endangerment and criminally negligent homicide.

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