A boy at the wheel of a sport utility vehicle struck his father and then an apartment building Sunday, Prince George’s County police said, and officers are trying to determine the cause.
Just prior to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, in the 9100 block of Contee Road in Laurel, officers responded to a call for a pedestrian struck. Once there, officers determined that a 12- or 13-year-old had been in the driver’s seat of an SUV when the vehicle accelerated, struck his father and drove into an apartment, said Cpl. Maria McKinney, a county police spokeswoman.
The father and son appeared to be doing work on the vehicle prior to the incident, said Mark Brady, chief spokesman for the county’s fire/EMS department.
“For whatever reason, according to units on scene, they were working on the car and the young teen was in the driver’s seat when the vehicle accelerated in reverse, striking the father,” said Brady, who said the incident appears to have been accidental.
The father was transported by ambulance to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Brady said he did not know whether the father had been released from the hospital by Monday morning.
A woman was in the apartment that was struck, Brady said, but she was not injured.
McKinney said police are investigating. No charges have been filed, she said, and police are still gathering details as to the child’s actions.