The “driver” behind a traffic accident in Zanesville, Ohio this year won’t be able to get his license for another thirteen years. He’s only three.
Left alone in a running car, the three-year-old knocked the car out of gear, sending it rolling backward into an apartment building.
Fortunately, the kid’s feet didn’t reach the pedal – so the car moved so slowly the Coshocton Tribune reports there was no damage to the car, building or kid and no charges have been filed.
And before you ask what kind of idiot leaves a three-year-old in a running car, I have to admit I just had a recent conversation with my mother about this very thing. And why I’m no longer going to do it with my four-year-old. Because we live in freezing cold New York State, I have on occasion popped out of the car at the post office and left her sleeping in the carseat with the heat on (and the key in the ignition). I walk five or six steps into the post office, grab the mail and pop back into the car – all while she sleeps.
But a reminder of the time my then three-year-old brother nearly backed my parents’ car into the river outside their house was enough to convince me that the time has come to end the practice (the car wasn’t running, but the keys had been left hanging from the ignition – and he not only turned the car on but put it into reverse . . . yes, at three).
Then this story came along. And I’m envisioning my four-year-old knocking the gear shift on my car into reverse, and ending up across the road, through the bandstand near our post office and in the creek. Not a happy thought.
Have you ever left kids in the car with the car running?
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