Man attempts to teach his 5-year-old niece how to drive

HILLSBORO, Oregon – On 07/19/12 at 8:00 PM Hillsboro police were called to a vehicle crash in a driveway on NW Scott St involving a vehicle driven by a 5 year old girl.

Officers’ investigation revealed that the girl’s 29 year old uncle, identified as DERRICK CHARLES HESS, of Beaverton was seated in the passenger seat of his 1988 Honda Accord while attempting to teach his 5 year old niece how to start a car. The niece was in the driver’s seat and had the clutch depressed on the manual transmission car while she started the engine. Her foot slipped off the clutch and the vehicle moved at an idle veering to the right across the driveway of the residence over a grassy area and into the neighbor’s driveway.

The Honda struck a parked blue Dodge minivan in the next door neighbor’s driveway causing minor damage. This collision caused the minivan’s owner, a 64 year old woman standing near the van to fall and break her pelvis.

The woman was taken to Emanuel Hospital via ambulance for treatment of the broken pelvis. No other persons were injured during this incident.

Police arrested Hess for Child Endangerment, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief-2, and Assault-3. He was lodged in the Washington County jail on these charges.


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