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Boy, 8, crashes van on gas run

April 5, 2010 at 6:52 PM

BETHEL, Utah, April 5 (UPI) -- An 8-year-old Utah boy who tried to help his parents by gassing up the car before they woke up crashed the vehicle about 100 yards from home, the family said.

Jordan Winters said his parents were sleeping just before 9 a.m. Friday at their Bethel home and he decided to save them time during the day by taking the family's 2003 Dodge Caravan to a nearby gas station for fueling, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati reported Monday.

Winters said he never exceeded 10 mph and was traveling about 5 mph when he crashed into a ditch.

"I kept on headed toward the ditch, so I had to turn and then I crashed. I almost crashed into the telephone pole," the boy said.

James Crouch, Winters' father, said police decided not to take any action.

"He wanted to get gas in the van for us, be nice," Crouch said. "He was still in his jammies."

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