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8-year-old hurt when car crashes while child is steering it

November 24, 2017
Associated Press

WHITEHALL, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an 8-year-old child is hospitalized with serious injuries after a car crashed as the child steered the vehicle while sitting on a New York man's lap.

State police say 36-year-old Brett Reynolds, of Whitehall, took his mother's car without permission late Tuesday night and allowed the child to steer the car while Reynolds worked the gas and brake pedals.

Troopers say the child suffered a fractured arm and rib, a punctured lung and head injuries when the car crashed.

Police say Reynolds left the child crying outside of a home before fleeing the scene.

The boy was taken to an Albany hospital. Reynolds was arrested the next day at Glens Falls Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries.

He's being held in jail without bail. Prosecutors don't know if he has a lawyer.



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