Video: Should a ten year old be cited for reckless driving for crashing car through Parker DMV?

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Big photos, videos below.
On Monday, a ten-year-old Parker girl did what plenty of adults have probably fantasized about doing before thinking better of it: She crashed a sports-utility vehicle into a DMV.

The story made local newscasts. But now it's gone national thanks to the Parker Police Department's decision to release surveillance footage from inside the office, which vividly shows how close several people came to being killed. See videos, photos and details below.

The incident took place at the DMV office at 17924 Cottonwood Drive. According to Parker police, two juveniles -- ages ten and twelve, 9News reports -- were left inside the family SUV while their mother entered the office to "conduct her business."

The keys remained in the car, too, and police believe the younger of the girls slipped the car into gear and rolled it into the office.

Parker cops note that no injuries were sustained and the DMV office suffered no major structural damage -- surprising given the destruction seen in the slew of photos issued by the department, including this one:

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Courtesy of the Parker Police Department
Still, this images and the others shared below didn't stir the larger media's imagination quite like the surveillance footage. Get ready to be startled:

Just as shocking for some is the decision by authorities to formally accuse the girl of reckless driving. Frankly, any driving by a ten year old could be considered reckless, given that she's much too young to pilot a vehicle legally -- and she wouldn't have even had the opportunity to crash into the public consciousness if she and her sister weren't left in an SUV with easy access to the keys.

Will the charge stick? Hard to say at this point -- but when the girl reaches the age at which she can obtain a driver's license, we recommend she go to a different DMV. We have a feeling the staff at the one in Parker might remember her.

Look below to see more Parker Police Department photos from the scene, followed by a 9News clip in which attorney Scott Robinson questions the decision to charge the girl.

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Courtesy of the Parker Police Department

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Courtesy of the Parker Police Department

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Courtesy of the Parker Police Department
Continue for more photos of the Parker DMV crash, followed by another video.


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18 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Typical, idiotic adults blaming children for being children.



Luke Lahnert
Luke Lahnert

No. I mean yes. But didnt this kid do exactly what every single American has always wanted to do?

Justin Eshelman
Justin Eshelman

I was in Denver traffic court and a 12 year old got cited for reckless, driving without a license and a few other charges for hopping in the driver seat and knocking the car in neutral causing it to roll backwards and cause damage to another vehicle... So yes, cited and not allowed to drive until 21. Of course it is Parker, not Draconian Denver Traffic court.

Leah Ryan
Leah Ryan

It is shocking that no one was hurt! That kid is lucky that the dmv wasn't packed! Usually it's quite busy in that dmv. Yikes!

malloryfrench
malloryfrench

"Rolled it into the office" Well, that really didn't look like a roll to me. Sorry but a 10 year old knows better. My mom left us in the car at that age...we did not get into the driver's seat.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

I got a ticket long before I had a license, and the points went on my license when I got it. There's no age requirements for the rules of the road.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What kind of Stoner mother leaves her kids in the car with the keys in the ignition?



Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

No but his parents should get one because they are legally responsable.

Ken Lord
Ken Lord

Mom should be cited for neglect, but no, the kid shouldn't be expected to understand the dangers of automobiles.

Emm Deeze
Emm Deeze

It's funny to me they cited her with reckless driving. What about driving without a license?

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

They left a helplessly curious 10 year old kid in the car with the keys in the ignition. If they hasn't done that, the kid couldn't have driven the car through the front door. Just saying.

Danielle Belau
Danielle Belau

no, her mom should for leaving 2 kids in the car with keys.

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

either the child or their irresponsible parent should be ...

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Mother should get a ticket as well. Isn't it against the law here to leave a car running and not have a licensed driver or any occupant in it? This proves my point that bad driving begins at a very early age in this state. Lol

James Gold
James Gold

I think it would make more sense to charge the parents with negligence.

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