A 13-year-old Southern California boy who took his parents’ car for a wild joyride overnight crashed into a senior service center and then walked away from the wreck, police confirmed.
Unbeknownst to his parents, the teen took their car and drove along streets in Chula Vista, about 10 miles from downtown San Diego.
The Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) said the joyride began with the teen crashing into a parked Dodge Ram truck. He then continued driving down East Palomar Street, making a too wide of a turn onto Monarche Drive.
The car jumped the curb, drifted across the sidewalk and then smashed through a fence and into St. Paul’s Plaza, a senior service center.
The collision crushed the front-end of the boy’s car and shattered the rear window. The teen sustained minor injuries and then walked away from the crash site, witnesses told police.
Chula Vista officers called the owners of the crashed vehicle and they told police their car was missing and so was their 13-year-old son. The boy was found a short time later and taken to Rady Children’s Hospital with unspecified injuries.
No other drivers were injured during the joyride and no one at the senior center was hurt. The senior center had just opened a few weeks ago.
The incident is under investigation but police said they do not believe alcohol played a role in the crash. It is unclear, at this point, if the teen will be charged in the joyride crash.