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Girl, 14, crashes van into lake

June 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

BALTIMORE, June 8 (UPI) -- Baltimore police said a 25-year-old woman is facing charges after her 14-year-old niece crashed a van through a fence and into a lake during a driving lesson.

Investigators said the woman, whose name was not released, was giving the girl a driving lesson in the van Tuesday when the teenager accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brake and sent the vehicle crashing through a fence and into Lake Montebello, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday.

Police said the girl, her aunt and the aunt's 53-year-old mother escaped the vehicle without injuries.

The aunt is facing charges including knowingly permitting a child under 15 to drive a motor vehicle on a public road, and knowingly permitting a motor vehicle to be driven on a public road by an unlicensed person. She could face a total fine of $430 for the violations.

Police said the state of Maryland forbids anyone from driving on public roads until they are 15 years old and have obtained a learner's permit.

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