Most people remember their first driving experience, often happening when they were in their mid to late teens and perhaps with a parent in the car with them. However, some parents begin teaching their children to drive at a much younger age, and this type of situation can end with a fatal accident. Such was the case when a Texas father allowed his 12-year-old daughter to drive the family vehicle, and she struck and killed a man and his dog.
The accident happened on a recent Thursday afternoon. According to police, the girl was at the wheel of the SUV practicing driving at the apartment complex where she lived with her family. Her father was in the passenger seat and a 2-year-old child was in the back seat. Apparently, she hit the accelerator instead of the brake, crashing into a man walking his three dogs.
The man died at the scene, and one of the dogs died later. Reportedly, the girl's father explained to investigators that he was trying to teach his daughter how to drive. A police spokesperson commented that a 12-year-old should not be taught to drive, and certainly not in a populated area with a child in the back seat. According to official documents, the father has been charged with criminal negligent homicide and endangering a child.
This father likely had good intentions of teaching his daughter a valuable lifelong skill. Unfortunately, he exercised poor judgment in doing so, resulting in this tragic fatal accident. The victim's family, while grieving their loss, may also be feeling anger and frustration that the situation happened due to one person's irresponsible behavior. They would be within their rights to contact a Texas personal injury attorney with the intent to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.