Two Hurt as 8-Year-Old Rams Into Ice Cream Parlor With Dad's Car

An 8-year-old boy reportedly injured two people after he stole his dad's car keys and rammed the car into an ice cream parlor.

The young boy had been taken to the diner in Gelsenkirchen, a city located in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, on Saturday by his dad, but while his 47-year-old father, who has not been named, was distracted while talking to a female companion, the boy sneakily stole the car keys and started up the Opel sedan.

A police spokesman said: "In an unobserved moment, the eight-year-old, who has autism, must have grabbed the car keys and then started his father's parked car."

Boy drives into ice cream shop
An 8-year-old boy reportedly injured two people after he stole his dad's car keys and rammed the car into an ice cream parlor. Polizei Gelsenkirchen/Zenger

The blue Opel suddenly shot forward, smashed into a flower pot, and slowed down but kept going, plowing into a table and chair and sending a family with two small children diving for cover.

The car then shot into the ice cream parlor, coming to a halt with one wheel still outside, as seen in the above photo.

A 57-year-old woman sitting inside the ice cream shop was hit by flying debris and suffered injuries to her hand. Outside, a 29-year-old man sustained knee injuries. Both were treated by paramedics, police said.

The boy driver, who has not been named, emerged from the car shocked but unscathed, reported local media.

In a statement obtained by Zenger News, the Gelsenkirchen Police said (in German): "In an accident in Horst [a district of Gelsenkirchen] on Saturday evening, June 4, 2022, two of the visitors were slightly injured.

"A 47-year-old from Gelsenkirchen sat around 8 p/m. with a 52-year-old from Minden in front of an ice cream parlor on Markenstrasse while his son played in front of them.

"In an unnoticed moment, the eight-year-old took his father's car keys from the table, got behind the wheel and drove the car away.

"At a slow speed, but without braking, the car finally rolled into an adjoining room of the ice cream parlor where guests had been seated.

"A 57-year-old from Gelsenkirchen and a 29-year-old from Essen were slightly injured in the accident. Both were treated on-site by rescue workers, but did not receive further treatment in the hospital.

"The boy at the wheel was unharmed."

It is currently unclear how much damage was done to the car.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.