WAUSAU (WAOW) – An 11-year-old girl told investigators that she was pressured by her father to drive from a restaurant and bar before the sport utility vehicle crashed into a tree, Wausau Police Lt. Nathan Pekarske said Thursday.
Police have completed the investigation into the May 23 crash and have recommended that the 35-year-old father be charged with recklessly endangering safety, Pekarske said.
No charges had been filed Thursday, according to the Marathon County District Attorney's office.
Police have said the girl was driving because the father had been drinking. Perkarske said Thursday the results of a blood-alcohol test of the father were not completed.
According to Pekarske, the girl said she was pressured to drive after she had gone to dinner with her father at the Great Dane on Wausau's west side. “She didn't know why,” he said.
The crash at the intersection of South Third Avenue and West Street occurred as the girl attempted to make a left turn and she pushed the accelerator instead of the brakes and turned too far, Perkarske said.
The father reached over to grab the steering wheel, causing the SUV to veer out of control and strike the tree, Perkarske said.
The father was later found in the basement of the Side Tracked Bar, the investigator said.