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11-year-old boy causes multi-car accident with toy gun

By Mason White 12:18 PM July 17, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
(Scroll down for video) Police in Wisconsin, are asking prosecutors to charge a young boy for causing injuries with a toy gun.

According to police, three cars were involved in the crash on Highway 59 in Milton.

A female driver told investigators that she hit the brakes of her car after she saw the child leaning out the back seat window of a car that was in front of her.

The 11-year-old boy was pointing the gun at her and she got scared. The car behind her was unable to stop in time and rear-ended her car.

That driver then swerved and ended up in the opposite lane of traffic, causing a head-on collision with an SUV, which rolled over.

After an investigation, authorities found the family of the 11-year-old boy down the street at a campsite. His grandmother who was driving, said that she did not know about the accidents.

According to Capt. Jude Maurer, the gun was a toy, an Airsoft pellet gun.

Maurer said that when viewed from a distance the toy gun can easily be misinterpreted as a firearm, which is what happened in this case.

“The driver felt threatened and was worried that she was going to be shot,” Maurer said.

Despite extensive vehicle damage, no one was seriously injured. Two people, including the driver of the truck that rolled over and two other people including a child, were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Maurer said that while the child did not intend to cause the accident, his actions were serious. The sheriff’s office is asking authorities to charge the boy as a juvenile and require him to serve probation for disorderly conduct.

According to police, BB and pellet guns are legal, but officials remind parents to monitor how their children use it. They recommend using these types of guns on private property.