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8-year-old hurt when car crashes while child is steering it

10 months 10 hours 12 minutes ago Friday, November 24 2017 Nov 24, 2017 November 24, 2017 3:53 PM November 24, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: ABC News

WHITEHALL, N.Y.- Authorities say an 8-year-old child is hospitalized with serious injuries after a car crashed as the child steered the vehicle while sitting on a New York man's lap.
  
State police say 36-year-old Brett Reynolds, of Whitehall, took his mother's car late Tuesday and allowed the child to steer while Reynolds worked the pedals.

Troopers say the child suffered a fractured arm and rib, a punctured lung and head injuries when the car hit an embankment and then a tree.

Police say Reynolds left the child crying outside of a home before fleeing the scene. Troopers aren't releasing the child's relationship to Reynolds.

Reynolds was arrested the next day at a hospital where he was being treated.

He's being held in jail without bail. Prosecutors don't know if he has a lawyer.

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