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Underage driver crashes SUV into West Jordan house

Posted at 7:49 PM, Jan 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-31 19:31:49-05

WEST JORDAN, Utah — An SUV driven by an 11-year-old crashed into a home Sunday evening in West Jordan.

Police said the accident happened just before 5 p.m. on Tupelo Lane, which is a private road near the area of 6700 West and 7800 South.

The responding officers found that a Ford Expedition had crashed through a fence and into a house. The home received minor damage.

West Jordan Police said an 11-year-old was driving the SUV. A parent was reportedly teaching the child how to drive. No one was injured.

There will not be any citations issued because the accident happened on a private road. It will instead be dealt with as an insurance matter.

Still, police are using the incident to remind the public that the youngest age a child is allowed to drive, even with a parent, is 15 years old with a learner's permit.

“State law requires the operator to be at least 15 years old before they can get their learner's permit, and they have to take the test before they can get that," WJPD Officer Sam Winkler said. "But really, it’s all about: Do they have those fine motor skills? Do they have the ability to reach the pedals and safely operate the vehicle? And a lot of times, kids under 15 just don’t have those skills developed yet.”