DORCHESTER – Police say an 8-year-old boy was driving a car that crashed into a home and damaged its foundation in Dorchester, Massachusetts on Wednesday.
The car was wedged under the porch of the home after the boy allegedly put the car into reverse, slammed on the gas and squeezed through two parked cars before hitting a house.
“When we arrived we found out that an 8-year-old adolescent from across the street had started his mother’s car, jumped in reverse, he raced across the street. Luckily he didn’t hit two parked cars,” said Deputy Chief Robert Dunderdale of the Boston Fire Department. “You can see there’s substantial damage to the house.”
Neighbors said they heard the crash from inside their homes.
“All I heard was kids screaming, you know, just kids screaming — just mortified,” said Emma Swinton.
The boy behind the wheel was checked out at a hospital. A neighbor said the boy is doing fine.
Authorities said it is a miracle that the boy was not injured, especially after nearly hitting two parked cars.”We measured. It was a tight fit. He ripped off his rear-view mirror, that’s how close it was,” said Dunderdale.
Police said the boy’s mother told them the 8-year-old started the car, put it in reverse and then backed out of the driveway.
There is no word on why the boy was behind the wheel.
Police say the accident is still under investigation.