A 5-year-old in Heidelberg, Pa. got behind the wheel of his
grandmother's car … and then took the vehicle for a scary joyride around the
neighborhood, police say.
boy, who lives with his mother and grandmother, took the keys to grandma's car and
proceeded to go for a drive on a nearby block, said Heidelberg police chief
Vernon Barkley. Witnesses were stunned at the sight of the car whizzing by:
"It just took off screeching across the street," neighbor Charles
Hilpert said of the scene.
Fortunately, the child didn't get very far, the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette reports. He drove only about 100 feet before crashing into a
neighbor’s bushes. Even luckier, he also doesn't seem to have been seriously
injured by the escapade. Though the airbags in the car were deployed, the boy
appears to have merely suffered minor facial cuts. Nevertheless, he was taken
to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to be thoroughly checked out by
mother and grandmother, Rebecca and Lisa Linderman, won't scrape by as easily,
however. Yesterday afternoon, Heidelberg police charged them both with
endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Explains chief Barkley, "Someone
should have been paying attention to what the child was doing."
says neither woman had even been aware that the boy had left. "They
weren't keeping an eye on him," said Barkley. “There needs to be some
type of counseling to ensure this doesn't happen again."