Nine-Year-Old Driver Topples Headstones in Evansville Cemetery

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Nine-Year-Old Driver Topples Headstones in Evansville Cemetery

The girl was sitting on a woman's lap when she hit the gas instead of the brake, sending the car into a row of headstones from the 1930s and 1940s.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Headstones for Hoosier children who died decades ago in southern Indiana were toppled by a car with a child behind the wheel.

Evansville police said a 9-year-old girl was behind the wheel of a car found parked on top of gravestones at Locust Hill Cemetery on Monday night.

Jemie Lee Robertson, of Chandler, Ind., told police she let the girl sit on her lap and "work the pedals and the steering wheel," reports The Evansville Courier and Press.

The girl hit the gas instead of the brake, sending the car into a row of headstones, Robertson said.

Robertson is charged with child neglect and criminal mischief. Police say she didn't have insurance.

Ten headstones were damaged by Robertson's car, causing about $3,000 worth of damage, Superintendent of Cemeteries Chris Cooke told The Courier and Press. 

Many of the grave markers belonged to children who died in the 1930s and 1940s.

The headstones won't need to be replaced, just reset and repaired, according to Cooke. 

(Photo by Alex Schmidt/Getty.)

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