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School boy strikes duplex after taking car for a spin

NICHOLASVILLE — An elementary school-age boy was injured Tuesday afternoon after he got behind the wheel of a car that hit the corner of a duplex, injuring an adult neighbor who tried to get him out of the vehicle.

The boy's name was not available from Nicholasville police Tuesday.

Matthew Carroll, 37, the man who tried to get the boy out from behind the wheel, suffered bruises and scratches on his arm and back.

The boy is about 6 or 7 years old, Carroll said.

"He can't even see over the steering wheel," said Carroll, who lives across the street from the boy.

Jessamine emergency medical technicians took the boy to an area hospital for treatment. His condition was not known.

The incident was reported shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on Dove Run on Nicholasville's northwest side.

The boy got into an older model Dodge that apparently rolled from a driveway at 111 Dove Run and into the middle of the street, blocking traffic. The boy then started the car, put it into drive and struck the corner of the brick duplex at that address.

The air bag deployed and hit the boy in the face. The car rolled backward down the drive again and into the street, and Carroll tried to get the boy out of the car, said his wife, Sylvia Carroll.

"He got the door open, but the car was still rolling and the door caught him and ran him over," she said.

"The car door caught me, because he was still giving it a little bit of gas, and started dragging me, so I just hit the ground and it dragged me part of the way," Matthew Carroll said. "At first, I was holding on, but then I let go because I wasn't about to ride it all the way across."

The car, which was rolling backward, came to rest when it hit a tree in the front yard of the duplex at 110-112 Dove Run where the Carrolls live, Sylvia Carroll said.

It was unknown whether the boy's mother would be charged.