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    TX - Lisa Lewis, 44, killed by 12yo son driving van, Humble, 10 Oct 2006

    HUMBLE, Texas -- A mother was killed by the family van being driven by her 12-year-old son.



    The boy crashed the van through a dental office wall on Tuesday, killing his mother and injuring two others, authorities said.



    Lisa Lewis was standing outside the Monarch Dental Associates office in Humble, Texas, when she was killed.



    Officials said Lewis had just finished her dental appointment shortly after 2 p.m. and let her two sons, a 12-year-old boy and his 17-year-old brother, get their van so she would not get wet from the rain, Houston TV station KPRC reported.



    The mother was outside talking with two office employees.



    "They went out to get the van to bring it closer to get mom out of the rain. Instead of the 17-year-old driving the van, the 12-year-old was behind the wheel. When mom noticed it, she was waving her hands, like, 'What are you doing?' And speculation is that the boy panicked. Instead of hitting the brake, he hit the accelerator," said Johnnie Ray Scroggins, Humble spokesman.



    The crash pushed his mother through the glass wall and injured two dental workers in the office reception area. The workers are hospitalized in critical but stable condition. They are expected to recover.



    "I couldn't believe what I saw. Next thing I knew was he backed out and hit something backing out. I heard a scream," witness Mark Rabinovitch said.



    There were no reports of injuries to either of the two boys.


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    Unreal.

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    Uh...all because she didn't want to get wet?

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    Th reason the 17th year old was not driving and a 12 year old would be because......

    These boys are "going" to have to live with this everyday of their lives. i can't imagine how they feel right now, this is tragic and preventable.

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    What a tragedy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paladin
    Uh...all because she didn't want to get wet?
    Are you blaming her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jannuncutt
    Are you blaming her?
    I'm not blaming her, but she could have walked in the rain

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    The 17 year old is old enough to drive and probably does... I'm sure she trusted him to get the car and had no idea that the 12 year would be driving... This is so sad and I feel for the boys as well... They didn't intend to kill their mother..


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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperDoll
    The 17 year old is old enough to drive and probably does... I'm sure she trusted him to get the car and had no idea that the 12 year would be driving... This is so sad and I feel for the boys as well... They didn't intend to kill their mother..
    Exactly. It's not the mother's fault at ALL. What was the 17-yr-old thinking, letting the 12-yr-old drive?????? I feel horrible for their family...the boys will have to live with this forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by englishleigh
    Exactly. It's not the mother's fault at ALL. What was the 17-yr-old thinking, letting the 12-yr-old drive?????? I feel horrible for their family...the boys will have to live with this forever.
    I know. this is so sad.. Even for the 17 year old.. Heck, we all do stupid things and unfortunately this one ended in a death..


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    How can anyone blame the mother. It is pretty common practice for parents of new drivers to give their of-age kids extra practice at the wheel. Fetching the car is a perfect example. It is a shame that she died due to the desire not to get wet, but it was hardly something she could foresee. Have some compassion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypros
    How can anyone blame the mother. It is pretty common practice for parents of new drivers to give their of-age kids extra practice at the wheel. Fetching the car is a perfect example. It is a shame that she died due to the desire not to get wet, but it was hardly something she could foresee. Have some compassion!
    I agree... Good grief, if she knew she was going to die, she would have gotten wet.. Heck, there are times I let hubby get the car for me so I don't have to get wet..


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    I heard on the news this morning that the DA's office is deciding whether or not to file charges. I certainly hope not. This was a tragic accident, not a crime. This young boy will have to live with this for the rest of his life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jannuncutt
    Are you blaming her?
    I didn't take this comment as a blame. I also thought that in hindsight it would have been better to get wet than to end up dead.

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    It says she "let" her boys get the van which doesn't mean she said go get it so I won't get wet. The 17 is probably tasting his freedom being able to drive and offered. I know several teens who would have done exactly that (except for letting the 12 year old drive) for their moms.

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