Watch video: 10-year-old girl crashes SUV into DMV office
PARKER, Colo. –Officials released surveillance video Wednesday of an SUV crashing through the front of a Division of Motor Vehicles office in Parker Monday.
In the video, you can clearly see the SUV careening into the office, and people waiting in chairs scrambling to get out of the way.
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A 10-year-old girl was charged with careless driving Monday. She was behind the wheel of her mom’s SUV and drove right through a window and into the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Parker.
“Right there where it went through, basically there are rows of seating. It could have been a lot worse,” said Wes Carpenter. He works next door to the DMV and heard all the commotion.
There was only a handful of people inside the DMV when the SUV came barreling through Monday afternoon.
Natriece Bryant, a spokesperson for the DMV said, “It scared everybody, they heard a large boom then all of a sudden they saw an SUV in the front part of the waiting area.”
Carpenter said, “I was in the back, working and it was a little after noon, I think. I heard just glass. It wasn’t a big explosion, it was just glass falling. It almost sounded like several pictures all fell at the same time.”
Parker Police say two girls, ages 10 and 12, were inside the vehicle. Their mom came into the DMV, left the keys in the car, and somehow the 10-year-old slipped behind the wheel and shifted the car into drive.
Carpenter said he went outside after he heard the glass. “I definitely saw the mom, you know, and the girls, he said. “She was talking sternly to them.”
Parker Police say the mom won’t be charged because her initial statement was that she turned off the vehicle before she went into the DMV. The vehicle is registered to Kristine Achziger.
Police also say the girl will likely face some community service.
The DMV closed for the rest of the day Monday, but it will open Tuesday morning for normal business at 8 a.m. Officials say the building is structurally sound and safe.