Porsche SUV with 3-year-old behind wheel slams into supermarket

Posted on June 20, 2011. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , |

An SUV is seen after backing into a supermarket with a 3-year-old behind the wheel in Nishinari Ward, Osaka, on June 17. (Mainichi)

An SUV is seen after backing into a supermarket with a 3-year-old behind the wheel in Nishinari Ward, Osaka, on June 17. (Mainichi)

OSAKA — A Porsche SUV that apparently had a 3-year-old girl behind the wheel rammed into a supermarket here and left a woman injured after suddenly moving in reverse, police said.

According to police, the SUV was parked in a lot next to a supermarket in Osaka’s Nishinari Ward when it abruptly began moving in reverse at around 3:45 p.m. on June 17, knocking down the fence of the parking lot and ramming into the wall of the supermarket. When police officers rushed to the scene, the girl reportedly was with her 35-year-old mother and seemed bewildered.

A 68-year-old female employee of the supermarket who was standing by the fence fell and sustained light injuries to her head and other parts of her body.

The 3-year-old girl was found alone inside the vehicle, and investigators suspect that she caused the car to move. She was not injured.

According to the Nishinari Police Station, the girl was brought to the supermarket by her mother. The mother is quoted as telling investigators that when she arrived at the supermarket, she left her daughter inside the vehicle because she was acting peevish. She told police that she had locked the car with the engine running, with the shift lever in the parking gear. She said she did not remember if she had applied the parking brake. The vehicle had automatic transmission.

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Another child left unattended! This time a 3 year old was left in an SUV with the engine running. The result was considerable damage to a supermarket. Luckily no one was killed or severely injured but the fact remains kids need supervision all of the time. The government needs to somehow reinforce this message.


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