SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Springfield police say a 17-year-old girl who was practicing how to drive broke her mother’s legs after stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Sgt. Thomas Long tells the Republican newspaper that the accident was reported Saturday morning at the movie theater parking lot behind Springfield Plaza.

The woman was taken to Baystate Medical Center for treatment.

Authorities cited the girl’s father, 39-year-old Treavor Blair, for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle.


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