Baby on board in roll-away car

A driverless car suscessfully navigated Market Street with no harm to the baby inside.
Staff photo A driverless car suscessfully navigated Market Street with no harm to the baby inside. Staff photo

A 2011 Dodge Avenger left running in the parking lot at Guadalajara with a baby in the backseat July 26 rolled across Market Street and crashed into a truck in the parking lot beside the Charlottesville Recreation Center. The baby was unharmed, according to Charlottesville Police’s Steve Upman.

Originally the car was believed to be stolen, but after an investigation and viewing a video, police say the car either popped out of gear or was left in reverse when one person went inside the restaurant to pay for food and another stepped out of the car to throw away trash. “The car rolled at low speed,” says Upman.

And he says no charges are pending at this time.

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