Boy crashes car into canal after dad lets him drive - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Boy crashes car into canal after dad lets him drive

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (NBC) - A Sunday drive quickly turned into a nightmare and ended in disaster for one Florida family.

Investigators said Gregorio Paulino-Ortega of West Palm Beach put his 12-year-old son behind the wheel of the family SUV on a rural road near Loxahatchee.

The boy quickly drove off of the road, flipping the vehicle into a canal.

The boy and his father were able to escape the vehicle and pulled out two younger children after several minutes, but were unable to free the mother.

Rescuers were eventually able to remove her from the vehicle, but not until she'd spent nearly 20 minutes underwater.

The two younger children and mother are listed in critical condition at the Palms West Hospital.

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