The 15-year-old daughter of a customer of Main Muffler & Brakes in LaPorte, IN, was taken to the hospital after injuring her leg. The girl, who had taken the keys from the technician, had gotten into the car to warm it up. Unfortunately, the vehicle had been left in gear so when the vehicle was started, it crashed into one the shop’s bay doors.
Below is the article as it appeared on The Times website.
LaPorte girl injured when she tries to start car at auto shop
By Stan Maddux, Times Correspondent
March 9, 2011
A 15-year-old LaPorte girl was recovering Wednesday from a serious injury sustained when she started a car that crashed into a muffler shop.
Bryanna Goodloe was transported to IU Health LaPorte Hospital with a possible fracture or dislocation to her leg, according to a LaPorte police report released Wednesday.
Police said the girl’s mother went to Main Muffler at 201 E. Lincolnway to pick up her vehicle Sunday after having it repaired. Her daughter grabbed the keys from the mechanic to start the vehicle to allow it to warm up, police said.
The vehicle, though, was in gear when she turned the ignition. The parking brake was engaged but vehicle began moving forward and Goodloe jumped in to try and stop it. Police said the vehicle crashed into an overhead door in one of the garage bays.
To read the entire article on The Times website, visit http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/laporte/city-of-laporte/article_26ec1941-06e1-53bf-b75d-01f44e8e94d0.html.