Lawrence police plan to forward information to prosecutors about a Saturday evening crash in North Lawrence after they said a 49-year-old woman let a 13-year-old child drive a car that struck a telephone pole.
Sgt. Trent McKinley, a police spokesman, said officers were called to a crash about 5 p.m. Saturday near North Second and Lyon streets. Police determined the occupants of the car were a woman who had a suspended driver’s license, the child she apparently allowed to drive, and a 7-year-old child, he said.
McKinley said officers determined the group had left a home in northwestern Jefferson County. The woman allegedly offered to let the older child begin driving the car near Perry in order to “learn how to drive,” he said.
As they entered Lawrence, the plan was to switch back so the adult could drive in town, but as they were pulling into a parking lot the car struck the pole.
All three occupants in the vehicle were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance with injuries that were not life-threatening, McKinley said.
The vehicle also did not have current registration and insurance. A copy of the accident report was not yet posted on the department’s website Monday.
Police did not issue any citations, and were to send information about the case to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office for possible child endangerment charges, McKinley said.