Six Year Old Shifts Vehicle Into Reverse in Utah, Child Lucky to be Alive

Six Year Old Shifts Vehicle Into Reverse in Utah, Child Lucky to be Alive

Staff Report
NBC News

UTAH - A warning to parents who leave young kids unattended in a vehicle.

A Utah mother did and now she is thankful her 6-year-old daughter is still alive.

'"The truck was just facing up and she was trying jump out of the truck and I was just screaming for her. And so, I was just really scared," Mireya Valdez said.

Mireya Valdez screamed so much she lost her voice. On Wednesday, she stood next to her two daughters including 6-year-old Jaylee and relieve the unbelievable.

"And she was screaming and just really scared. And she had a bloody nose and her lip was really swollen," Valdez said.

Valdez said she reached up and her daughter jumped into her arms. Moments earlier the truck was in the drive way. Mom had her daughter safely in and had gone back inside to grab her nephew.

"I was just walking out and I could hear her screaming my name. Like screaming mommy and so when I looked outside the truck was gone," Valdez said.

Somehow Jaylee got the truck in reverse. Mom doesn't know how it got forward and went down the hill and up a retention wire.

"Thank God she missed the trees and everything that are right there," Valdez said.

We found out for ourselves just how fast a car can go down the hill. No stepping on the gas and we quickly hit 23 miles per hour by the time we reached the pole.

"If the vehicle had struck another vehicle or a building or even the telephone pole rather than the retention wire there would have been injuries," Lt. Tim Scott with the Ogden Police Department, said.

Despite a recovery operations that involved two tow trucks to get the truck down, it's drivable. Mom says little Jaylee is just a little rattled. All and all a fortunate end to an unexpected first lesson in driver's ed.

"I just always tell her, don't touch, don't ever do it but I guess they can just in the blink of an eye. Lesson learned to just never do that again," Valdez said.