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Cops: 'Hello Kitty' purse thief causes fatal wreck

Published On: Dec 15 2013 05:38:35 PM CST

PASADENA, Texas -

PASADENA, Texas (AP) - Suburban Houston 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 spokesman Vance Mitchell tells the Houston Chronicle  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.
    
Pasadena is southeast of downtown Houston.