Ten-Year-Old Takes Stolen Van

By Matt Baume
|  Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 7:22 AM PDT
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Ten-Year-Old Takes Stolen Van

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Never too early to start learning a trade: a 10-year-old boy in Sausalito is apparently adroit at grand theft auto.

Police saw the pint-sized driver early Sunday morning and pulled him over. A 14-year-old was also in the stolen van. The boys are alleged to have taken the car from the parking lot of St. Vincent's, a school for kids in trouble with the law. Clearly, the institution hasn't exactly turned the kid's life around.

The pre-teen was able to steal the car by snatching the driver's keys from a school office.

Fortunately, no one was hurt by the car thief. But the last few days have been particularly bloody when it comes to car crashes.

In South San Francisco, a drunk driver nearly killed a couple who were trying to catch a loose dog. The suspect hit a man and a woman, then continued and hit another car a few blocks later. The driver has not yet been charged with a crime, according to the District Attorney.

In Mendocino, a head-on crash killed a CHP officer. Investigators say that one of the cars involved crossed the traffic line, but aren't sure which one it was. Both cars were apparently traveling too fast to avoid a fatal collision. And in Oakland, a family is in mourning after a man drove over his one-year-old niece, killing her.

Even the Dalai Lama's family has been impacted by vehicular death this week. The spiritual leader's nephew was leading a walk to promote Tibetan independence when a driver struck and killed him. Police are calling it an "accident," though it's unclear what the driver was attempting to accomplish by driving towards the victim.

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