Utah Boy, 8, Takes 5-Year-Old Sister On Joyride
OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- An 8-year-old Utah boy made sure he and his 5-year-old sister buckled up before heading out on a middle-of-the-night drive in their mother's minivan, but they didn't get far.
The boy, who couldn't even see above the steering wheel, made it just a few hundred feet before crashing the vehicle into a line of trees along the Ogden River, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake City.
No one was injured and the children were returned to a stunned mother who awoke to police officers in her apartment at about 2 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.
"They had just come out of the driveway, went across both lanes, then hit those trees," said Ogden police Lt. Danielle Croyle. "It could have been much worse if they didn't have their seatbelts on. They were just too smart for their own good."
Authorities didn't identify the mother, and she did not answer her door on Thursday. No telephone number was listed for her.
Croyle said police have no previous history with the woman or her children, and neglect was not an issue. She called it an accident and said no charges were pending.