Englishtown police responded to 21 Lasatta Avenue at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday night for a report of a car hitting a building. While police were on their way to investigate the incident they were advised that the car involved, a white Lexus sedan with New Jersey license plates, fled the scene, Lt. Peter S. Cooke Jr. said.
The witness also told police that the driver of the car appeared to be a 12- to 13-year-old girl who switched seats with an older female, who fled after the accident.
An eye-witness of the accident told the officers the Lexus' license plate numbers, which police tracked back to a Manalapan resident. At that residence, the Lexus was found, and the vehicle had heavy front end damage.
After an initial conversation with the older female driver in which she claimed to be the driver, she eventually admitted to allowing her 11-year-old daughter to drive her car. The 11-year-old mistook the accelerator for the brake, which prompted the car to hit the building. There was only minor structural damage to the building, police reported.
Several charges against the woman are pending, including allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle, failure to report accident and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.