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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is Derric Johnson of South Bay Florida. He gets the award for the following-

WEST PALM BEACH -- A father got a little too much of a head start on trying to teach his son to drive Tuesday and it landed him in jail, police say.

Derric Johnson, 28, of South Bay was teaching his 11-year-old son how to drive in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 4600 block of N. Congress Avenue, Tuesday afternoon when the boy lost control of the white Kia SUV and ran into four vehicles, city spokesman Chase Scott said.

If that wasn't bad enough, behind one of the cars was another child.

Luckily, a man watching it all unfold, pushed that child out of the way but was then hit himself, Scott said. He was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in unknown condition.

Witnesses told police they saw the boy was sitting in his father's lap driving the SUV around the parking lot twice when he hit the parked cars, according to the report. Johnson fled after the accident, but was later caught at the Stoneybrook Apartment complex in Riviera Beach. He was arrested on outstanding warrants as well as charges of fleeing the scene of a crash and child neglect.

Giving an 11-year-old driving lessons is monumentally stupid. The above Palm Beach Post article isn't telling the whole story about the boy in question, whose name is Derrell Outler. WPEC Channel 12 giving us this fascinating tidbit.

"He's actually the only father my son knows," explained Derrell's mother LaMarsha Turner. She says she still lets Johnson visit her son. That's what Johnson was doing when Turner's 5th grade son, who's legally blind, asked for the driving lesson.
Giving a legally blind 11-year-old driving lessons. Where does Florida get these people like this from? I have no trouble at all in naming Derric Johnson of South Bay Florida today's Knucklehead of the Day.

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Comments (6)

Kinda like letting a novice... (Below threshold)
epador:

Kinda like letting a novice Senator blind and deaf to the corruption and evil around him a trial run at the big show, huh?

Yeah, legally blind probabl... (Below threshold)

Yeah, legally blind probably pushed that over the edge. But we've had kids around here (eastern Washington) as young as 7 or 8 driving wheat trucks during harvest. It's not a regular occurrence, but it does happen.

Giving an 11-year-old dr... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Giving an 11-year-old driving lessons is monumentally stupid.

I don't think it is. I learned to drive when I was 10. I was driving the truck and trailer in the hay fields and occasionally to the hay barn due to allergies. I couldn't help load, so I drove.

Giving a legally blind 11-year-old driving lessons.

Now that is monumentally stupid.

Jeff, you're right on the m... (Below threshold)
Paul Duffau:

Jeff, you're right on the money.

Bill, I started all my kids driving very early (12-13 y.o.). I just didn't do it when or where anybody could get hurt. Two of three girls are now driving and doing so well by my much more exacting standards. Of course, they aren't blind (behind the wheel - chores render them temporarily visionless).

Yes, monumentally stupid ap... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

Yes, monumentally stupid applies, and it applies just as well to the guy in my old neighborhood. While I was driving home one day, he had his kid (much younger than 11) in his lap driving down the street!

Why am I picturing Joe Bide... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Why am I picturing Joe Biden holding Obama in his lap while he learns to drive US foreign policy? Except in this case only one person was just slightly injured...




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