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April 23, 2012

Boy, 7, crashes mother’s van

NEW CASTLE — Apparently no one was watching the kids when a 7-year-old decided to take his sister for a ride.

The result was a crash at the intersection of Friendship Street and Pollock Avenue on the city’s South Side.

New Castle police were summoned to the accident around 9 p.m. Friday and found the boy in the driver’s seat and his 6-year-old sister in the passenger seat.

Robert Parker of 304 Friendship Street, who was at the scene when police arrived, said he was supervising both children. He said they were in the back yard and he called them to come into the house.

As he went downstairs to let the dogs outside, the children’s father, Michael Ritenour, who is disabled and was in the living room, told Parker to get the children because they both ran outside.

When Parker went upstairs and went outside, he saw a van owned by the children’s mother, Carol Ritenour, going east on Friendship Street. He saw it hit a utility pole.

No injuries were reported.

The police contacted Lawrence County Children and Youth Services, and Carol Ritenour also arrived at the scene. She told police she had gone to her mother’s house at 106 S. Wayne St. to deliver sandwiches, and that Parker was to have been watching the children.

Children and Youth Services took custody of the children and placed them in the custody of their grandmother who lives on South Mill Street, pending further investigation, police said.

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