CONYERS -- A father has been charged with reckless conduct after he allegedly allowed his 9-year-old daughter to drive a car. The girl was unable to control the vehicle and rammed it into a neighbor's house.
The Conyers Police Department was called to 2nd Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. Monday after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting that a car had been driven through a house. According to the Conyers Police Department incident report, Khadijah Michael Grey, 35, of 700 2nd Ave., told police that the car, a silver Nissan Maxima, was parked in a neighbor's driveway and the girl's mother told him and his daughter to drive the vehicle back to their residence.
Grey said he told his daughter she could drive the car back to their house, according to the report. The child got in the car while Grey remained outside. The girl reportedly drove the car in reverse at a high rate of speed, stopped, and then drove forward toward the house at a high rate of speed and crashed through the carport wall. The car came to rest on the rear deck of the house.
The impact caused the car's airbag to deploy.
Grey told police that he got his daughter out of the car and took her home to wait for EMS. She was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
The car had been parked at the neighbor's house while the grass was being cut, according to the child's mother.
The child told police that she panicked when the car went into reverse at a high rate of speed and then put the car in drive. She said her father was teaching her how to drive.
Grey was charged on a warrant with reckless conduct.