4-year-old boy crashes mother's car after taking a wild ride
A 4-year-old boy took off in his mother's car in Fullerton on Thursday afternoon and went on a wild ride, sideswiping another vehicle, crossing into oncoming traffic and rolling the vehicle before slamming into some trees, police said.
Police said the child sustained minor to moderate injuries. "He was very fortunate," Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department said.
The incident began about 4 p.m. when the boy's 27-year-old mother stopped in a parking lot to use a phone near the Summit House restaurant. Somehow, the child got out of his car seat, got into the front seat, put the vehicle in gear and drove out of the parking lot, Goodrich said.
The boy drove south amid rush-hour traffic on State College Boulevard, where he sideswiped the other vehicle and crossed into the opposite lanes. The car rolled over and landed back on its tires as the boy kept going. He hit some trees near Yorba Linda Boulevard after traveling about a third of a mile, police said.
"We're still investigating how this all happened," Goodrich said.
— Robert J. Lopez
Map shows area where 4-year-old boy drove his mother's car. Credit: Google Maps