Unattended Garden City Toddler Accidentally Crashes Car into Elementary School; Incurs School Over $50,000 in Damages

Judd WeilSeptember 9, 2021



Garden City Police Department were dispatched to Gertrude Walker Elementary School at 805 W. Fair Street for a called-in injury accident involving a vehicle that struck the school.


Investigation revealed a woman had parked her Chrysler Town & County on 10th Street directly south of W. Fair Street and left the vehicle unattended with two children inside. The children were secured in child safety seats.


While the woman walked over to pick up her other children from school, a three-year-old passenger was able to get out of their safety seat, put the vehicle in drive and press the accelerator all the way down.


The Chrysler drove northbound and struck a parked Honda Civic, pushing the Honda onto the sidewalk and into the grass. The Chrysler continued north and struck the school on the southeast corner of the building.


Both vehicles involved received extensive damage and were towed from the scene. Traffic in the area was diverted for approximately one hour.


The damage to the school was estimated to be over $5,000.00.


As it turned out, no injuries were incurred.


“No injuries, including the children occupying the vehicle, were reported,” said Erinn Reyes, Administrative Assistant to the Garden City Chief of Police. “The mother is not being charged or cited for the incident.


Questions can be emailed to News Director Judd Weil at [email protected]

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