CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A 9-year-boy who took a car for a joyride drove 70 miles per hour in a residential area, ran off the road, struck a driveway, became airborne and hit a tree.
The child, who was not identified, was seriously injured and flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, authorities said. On Monday, the boy was considered "stable, alert and expected to recover," Clarksville Police spokeswoman Natalie Hall said.
The child's parent told police he is autistic. He suffered lacerations, broken bones and other injuries.
The boy took the car, owned by his mother's 21-year-old friend Caitlyn Moore of Clarksville, at about 1:13 p.m. CT Sunday, according to a police report.
"Witnesses stated the speed was in excess of 70 mph in a residential zone that is set at 20 mph," the report states. "The driver stuck a driveway sending the vehicle approximately 23 feet in the air before striking a tree."
The tree was cut in half, and the vehicle landed and rolled over. It slid into a telephone pole before coming to rest, according to police.
"The child appeared to have been ejected from the driver side window approximately 14 feet prior to the the vehicle striking the telephone pole," according to the police report. No one else was in the car and no other vehicles were hit.