Driving lesson

Tennessee grandmother, 58, faces charges after teen’s driving lesson left 5 injured: police

A 58-year-old grandmother in Tennessee faces impaired driving and other charges after she tried to teach her 13-year-old grandson to drive, which injured five pedestrians, according to the police, according to reports.

Ernestine Hollomon had her grandson in her lap and behind the wheel when their vehicle slammed into passers-by along a Memphis street, WREG-TV of Memphis reported.

“I didn’t want to,” the teenager told the station, “but I had no choice, so she told me to sit on her lap and I did.”

The incident around 10 p.m. Tuesday local time left some of the victims seriously injured, the station reported. Several suffered broken bones and head injuries, witnesses told the station.

Hollomon faces charges of driving with a suspended, revoked or canceled license and child endangerment/DUI – as well as charges under the State Fiscal Responsibility Act, police have released. Memphis in a Twitter post.

His license had been suspended for five years, according to the station.

Initial reports of three injured people were later revised to indicate that five people were injured.

WREG then interviewed the teenager, who claimed he tried to brake before the vehicle could hit anyone. The teenager – who Fox News is not identifying due to his age – claimed that as he tried to stop the car, his grandmother had her foot on the gas pedal.

“I don’t know what to do,” said the teenager. “I hit the brake but she hit the accelerator pedal and went straight and started ramming into these people.”

Hollomon’s daughter Jennifer Hollomon – the teenager’s mother – told the station “I don’t know” when asked why she allowed her son to take the driving lesson, reported WREG.

“I hope she learns her lesson the whole time she’s in jail,” the girl said. “I hope she thinks twice next time.” The grandmother was due to appear in court on Thursday.

As for the teenager, he said he was done driving.

“I don’t want to drive anymore,” he told the station.

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