Pasco 12-year-old crashed after father gave him the keys, troopers say

TRINITY — A 39-year-old man was arrested after allowing his 12-year-old son to drive his car, which the boy crashed into a neighborhood gate, authorities said.

They then fled the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Reinaldo J. Perez Jr. let his son drive the Honda sedan on Wednesday evening, FHP said. The boy drove the car into a gate at the Trinity West subdivision, causing more than $2,000 in damages, a report states.

The child "mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brake and struck the front gate to the community," said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, FHP spokesman. After the crash, father and son switched seats and Perez drove to their home in the subdivision, the report states.

Gaskins said a witness jotted down the Honda's license plate number, which led investigators to Perez.

Perez, of 8120 Spirit Court in Trinity, is charged with allowing an unauthorized person to drive and child neglect. He was released from the Pasco jail Thursday on $10,000 bail.

Perez, a registered nurse, declined to comment on the case before speaking to his attorney.

Pasco 12-year-old crashed after father gave him the keys, troopers say 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 7:52pm]

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