Deeside youngster crashed father's car in to a wall

Published date: 03 September 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A 12-YEAR-OLD boy whose father allowed him to try driving his car lost control and crashed into a wall.

Frederick Reyes-Vargas, 47, of Marnel Drive, Pentre, Deeside, said he had wanted to be a ‘fun dad’.

Reyes-Vargas let his son drive in a Queensferry car park on May 11 but the youngster pressed the wrong pedal, causing the car to shoot out over a road and hit
a wall.

Mold Magistrates Court heard Reyes-Vargas allowed his son to take the controls of the Toyota Corolla in the car park on Pierce Street, knowing he was not insured to drive and did not have a driver’s licence.

Reyes-Vargas pleaded guilty on both counts of allowing his son to drive without insurance or a licence.

The court was told the boy stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake and drove into the wall of a house opposite, causing it to collapse.

When interviewed by police, Reyes-Vargas admitted what he had done.

He said he wanted to be a fun dad. His son had been in control of the car but had had accidentally hit the wrong pedal and shot out of the bay and over the road and into the wall.

Speaking on his own behalf Reyes-Vargas, an HGV driver, said: “I only see him every other weekend.

“I have paid for the wall and I have a letter from the owner saying he’s happy.

“I am a careful driver because that’s what I do for a living.

“I will never allow this to happen again.”

His licence was endorsed with six penalty points and he was fined £280. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £28.

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