Brianna Ibarra Wiki – Brianna Ibarra Bio
Brianna Ibarra, a girl from Wichita, Kansas, died on Saturday, February 6 after being dragged while trying to escape from her family’s SUV that had been stolen while she was still inside.
According to a press release from the Wichita Police Department, 34-year-old Kevin Palmer of Wichita, who authorities said stole the vehicle, was arrested after the incident and charged with felony murder.
She was 13 years old.
Brianna Ibarra Death
A Kansas teen trying to escape from an SUV that was stolen while she inside died after she became entangled in a seat belt and was dragged for miles through an open car door, leading to the driver’s arrest on a charge of murder.
Wichita police say the 13-year-old girl, identified by her family as Brianna Ibarra, had stayed behind in the back seat of a Ford Escape that was parked but left running, outside of a restaurant as other family members went in to grab food shortly before noon Saturday.
A man, 34-year-old Kevin Palmer, of Wichita, then allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and drove away with the girl inside.
The girl attempted to exit the car as it was moving, but was caught in the seatbelt and then dragged outside of the vehicle. “Palmer continued to flee for several miles,” police alleged in a news release.
A witness who saw the situation called 911 and followed the SUV. Police say the driver stopped and then fled on foot, but was quickly arrested by officers who arrived on the scene.
“This is one of the saddest cases I have been associated with in my over 28 years of law enforcement,” said police Chief Gordon Ramsay.
Ibarra’s family spoke to KAKE TV and described their loss as “a tragedy that no family should have to go through.” Her older sister Marissa Ibarra said the 13-year-old was “Weird in her own way that made her a beautiful soul.”
She said Ibarra “loved to create” and was “easy and fun to be around. She was bright, carefree, straightforward, family-oriented, strong, would do anything for (her) family, affectionate.”
Her parents explained that she was “full of life” and she “always made everybody laugh, loved her family (and) was always up for any adventure.”
They said the community has been extremely supportive of the grieving family and a GoFundMe account set up by family friends and shared by KAKE TV has already raised over $35,000.