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Unlicensed to Drive: Three-Year-Old Crashes SUV

The next time your tot says he's going for a ride, don't take it too lightly. A three-year-old Missouri boy who could barely see over the dashboard let alone reach the pedals, took his mama's SUV for a short and unintentional joyride or rather, joy roll. According to a report, when the mother's dismissal of her son's passing words had a smashing outcome. It said:

After telling his mother he was “going bye-bye,” the boy carried the SUV’s keys to the vehicle and evidently turned the ignition key far enough to allow the vehicle’s transmission to slip into neutral.

The car rolled backward until it hit a fence and neighboring home.

Greggie Greggie 9 years
I'm always incredibly careful to firmly put the car in Park and put the parking brake on as heavily as possible. A neighbor of mine was killed when her car slipped out of Park and while attempting to get back into the car to stop it (her daughter was in the back), she was pinned between the car and the house. Granted, that doesn't stop a child from shifting it out of Park. But the parking brake in my car and my husband's doesn't allow the car to move even if it's in Drive, even pressing on the accelator. And of course, we take other precautions like keeping the keys out of reach and locking the car doors.
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
this happens and it's crazy. my childhood home has large yards with ditches in the front yards for purposes of avoiding flooding. the neighbor's life left her car in park with the two year old in the front seat-now this was over 20 years ago before we thought to put a 2 year old in a car seat or even in the back seat at that. The two year old decided to hop in the driver's seat and shift the car into neutral and rolled right up the drive way and into the ditch. My father, who was doing yard work in our yard, saw the mom running after the car and he had to jump in the water filled ditch to save the baby. It could have been horrible but is now a story we laught at! Thank goodness the child in Missouri was not hurt either!
LaDolceVita LaDolceVita 9 years
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