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A mother in upstate New York awoke to find her 8-year-old son and her car missing. Panicked and thinking he had been kidnapped, she dialed 911.

To her surprise, police had already been summoned; not because anything nefarious had happened to Andrew Letts. The child had taken the keys to his mom's car, and driven down the street before jumping a curb and crashing into a neighbor's fence.

The incident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on Monday morning in Cheektowaga. According to witnesses and police interviews with the boy, he had driven approximately a half-mile from the family home before thinking better of his plan and turning around.

Questioned by police, the boy told investigators he "wanted to be like my mom," according to WKBW-TV.

And that's when Letts took a turn for the worse. His car jumped a curb, ran over a stop sign and struck a fire hydrant before it mashed a neighbor's fence and came to rest on a neighbor's lawn. The town's police chief said that Letts will not be charged with anything because of his age. His mother's insurance company will likely pay for damages.

Safe to say that Andrew is getting a stern talking-to by his Mother and the police. There is some technology becoming more widely available in new cars that might have kept young Andrew safe from hitting fences and stop signs--collision avoidance systems. Check out our Techsplanations video here about how these systems work, and read about some of the cars that are offering the feature.


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      brennemanbelkin
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I taught my son how to drive, he drove like a vetran the very first lesson. Turns out the little bastxxx had be sneaking out at night and driving my car for years. Never had an accident, thank goodness.
      LL
      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://tinyurl.com/BestInsuranceQuotes ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
      PSYCHiATRY is a SCAM
      • 2 Years Ago
      need to get cars that drive themselves so kids can just type in a destination like say las vegas
      babby201
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's not my idea of getting lucky .
        Joan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @babby201
        Surely, lucky for anyone driving a car near him, or God forbid, walking on that sidewalk.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lttile fella would get his ass whupped !
      ldyrebeln
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not a news story. This is an advertisment for what ever that crap is that could have possibly stopped the crash. it may have started out as a news story but they turned it into a commercial. Makes me wonder if this is even true or a way to try and scare parents into buying their product. either way if it is true im glad the boy is ok and hopefully he wont try something to stupid again.
      delawaredude4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      He still drove no worse than most of the IDIOTS on the road with licenses. People under 21 and over 75 should all be off the road.
      bolomark3
      • 2 Years Ago
      What the heck are these kids thinking today and what was he doing at 6am in the morning to begin with? This whole thing is messed up and the fact that he won't be charged just teaches more kids that they can do anything almost and not get into trouble. This kid needs help and I think there's more to this story then we're getting.
        Joan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bolomark3
        Agree, it is the problem with kids today, lack of teaching values, and the lack of discipline in the home. Anything goes, because some parents are too involved with their own lives to teach their children. Kids used to respect their parents.
          ldyrebeln
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joan
          or its because parents are too afraid to disipline their children anymore. Kids know that if they spank them, or take their things away, lock them in their rooms ect..its abuse and neglect and all they have to do is call the cops. The problem is the kids run the house now because of this problem. Let the government tell me how I can and cant raise my child. ill go to jail because ill be dammed if I raise a snot nosed disrespectful person. Another problem I see is they dont have to earn anything anymore. no more trying out for a team. they automatically get on. No more well you didnt make it but work hard and try again next year. They give everyone a trophy no matter how bad they were at what ever sport they played. so they grow up having everything givin to them, and when they dont get that dream job, or get into that college they had their hearts set on they flip out. the government needs to let us raise our kids. they dont need to be babied constantly into young adulthood.Im all about raising their self esteem but so what if they dont make the team that year. try something new or work harder and try again. kids are taught nothing anymore other they they are entitled to what ever they want. I also have to add I dont believe its 100 percent the parents fault either.
      brennemanbelkin
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I taught my son how to drive, he drove like a vetran the very first lesson. Turns out the little bastxxx had be sneaking out at night and driving my car for years. Never had an accident, thank goodness.
      LL
      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://tinyurl.com/BestInsuranceQuotes ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
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