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Toddler Run Over by 12-Year-Old Driver


LARGO, Fla. (AP) - A 2-year-old girl was run over and killed when she chased after her father, who was letting a 12-year-old boy drive a car in a parking lot.

The boy was getting his first chance to drive Saturday. The idea was to clear a parking area at the apartment complex to give kids a place to play outside. The victim's three older siblings were at a party celebrating their neighbor's eighth birthday in Largo, 20 miles west of Tampa.

Summer Wolfe was knocked down by the passenger door when the car in which her father sat lurched backward, and she fell under the front wheel. She was pronounced dead after being airlifted with her mother to Bayfront Medical Center.

Kevin Wolfe lost control when he was told his youngest child was dead.


``He punched the closet really hard,'' said Darrington Miller, 13. ``He went to the kitchen and swept all the knives and forks and plates and everything'' to the floor.


Police questioned the 12-year-old boy but did not file charges. Investigators said the boy was driving with Wolfe's approval but did not have control of the car.
 

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Well............

criminal charges against the parent will do no good at this point. The 12 year old is probably not going to benefit from going froward with a case against his father. Most D.A.'s wouldn't waste the taxpayers time prosecuting for an unfortunate accident.

1. Was it grossly negligent? (doubt it)
2. Was it depraved indifference or the like?(probably not)

I don't know Florida statutes well, but can't see elements of manslaughter in the little information provided above. Seems like a tragic accident
 
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