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.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Eli Manning explains pout face after Broncos' Super Bowl score
Watch Katie Holmes dance like Beyonce on 'The Tonight Show'
Warner Music to pay back licensing fees for 'Happy Birthday' copyright
Daring duo arrested for sex on Las Vegas' 550-foot Ferris wheel
Car spins out of control, lands on roof of California home