A 13-year-old boy was learning to drive in Tennessee on Tuesday night when five people were run over, according to media reports.
Now his grandmother is under arrest.
Ernestine Hollomon, 58, was charged with driving without a license, driving under the influence and child endangerment, the Memphis Police Department said on Twitter.
At least three people were taken to the hospital — two of whom were in critical condition, police said.
The boy was getting driving lessons while sitting on his grandmother’s lap, WREG reported.
“I pushed the brake, but she pushed the gas pedal and went straight ahead and started crashing into those folks,” he told the TV station.
The crash occurred around 11:21 p.m. when Holloman “lost control of her car” while the 13-year-old was steering, ABC 24 reported.
She tried to tell police she was not driving, according to WVLT.
Tadarius Allmond narrowly avoided being hit when the car came barreling down the road, the TV station reported. He was “on the side of the road talking with his cousin and friends” at the time.
He saw the car hit several of his friends, WREG reported.
“Just rrrmmph. You know, she just, like, ran them folks totally over, like, didn’t stop, didn’t try to stop,” Allmond told the TV station.
ABC 24 reported fire department personnel treated Holloman at the scene after she “had a medical emergency relating to diabetic issues.” She was reportedly taken to the hospital where she refused treatment.
The 13-year-old was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and released to his mother, according to the station.
Hollomon later admitted to police she had been drinking, ABC 24 reported.