Girl aged 13 crashes car carrying eight passengers

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A girl aged 13 was behind the wheel of a car carrying eight passengers when it crashed, a court heard yesterday.

The teenager's mother, who is in her thirties, was sat on the lap of a 14-year-old girl in the front passenger seat of the car which only had five seats. She was teaching her daughter how to drive, the court was told.

"The mother was sitting on a 14-year-old's lap when her daughter lost control of the car and struck a bin before colliding with a building," Julie Sullivan, prosecuting, told Swansea magistrates.

"She told police she had allowed her daughter to drive but hadn't realised a car park was deemed a public place.

"She said she tried to activate the handbrake but was unable to prevent the collision."

Six of the passengers in the car were teenagers, and one suffered black eyes, but thankfully none were seriously injured.

The woman also admitted driving without correct insurance, was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £300 in compensation and £85 costs.