11-year-old backs car into home, pins father between car and tree in New Haven

New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — First responders were on the scene of an accident on James Street and Grand Avenue in New Haven on Wednesday night.

According to Officer Hartman with New Haven Police, a little after 5:15 p.m., police were called to the scene where an 11-year-old girl hit her father and a house as she reversed a car. Police say the girl’s mother says the father was teaching the girl how to drive and when the car went into reverse, the father tried to stop it.

Police told News 8 that the 11-year-old girl’s father was pinned between the car and a tree and was taken to the hospital. At the time of the incident, police say the man was alert and conscious, but they say the man’s injuries became more severe and he was in surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. As of Thursday afternoon, New Haven Police said the father was in critical, but stable condition.

The 11-year-old girl was also taken to the hospital for observation, officials say.

The New Haven Fire Department was called to the scene as well, since a gas line or meter was struck, according to police.

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