At 8:08 p.m. Sunday, two Lorain police officers had to lift the vehicle to free the trapped girl, whose arm was pinned under the car. Police said the vehicle appeared to be unsteady, and officers could detect a slight odor of gasoline, so officers freed the girl before firefighters and rescue crews arrived.
She was taken to the hospital for a possible broken arm. Police said the girl did not appear to have major injuries.
Police learned that the driver, a 15-year-old boy, did not have a driver’s license and he was driving recklessly on East 28th Street, the scene of the crash.
The boy told police he turned onto East 28th Street and he “gunned it,” losing control of the vehicle and causing it to swerve into a ditch. He was able to free himself, but his sister was trapped.
The owner of the vehicle, Ashlie Eckenrode, 19, was cited for wrongful entrustment.
Another passenger in the vehicle said Eckenrode asked her to drive the vehicle back to her house, but she refused because she did not have a license. Eckenrode then gave the keys to the 15-year-old boy and told him she wanted to ride back on her dirt bike, police said.
The boy was cited for no driver’s license, reckless operation, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to control.