JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An investigation revealed a 13-year-old child was behind the wheel during a hit-and-run near Arlington Middle School Monday. The man who allowed the young girl to drive was arrested on Tuesday.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, John Mackenrho Baptisme was arrested and faces several charges, including four counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury, permitting an unauthorized minor under the age of 18 to drive and driving with a suspended license causing serious injury.
Baptisme, 25, was in the passenger seat when the child was operating the white Infinity SUV Monday.
While driving, the child made a wide right turn onto Tracy Road from Lone Star Road when she became nervous, according to JSO.
Baptisme then took control of the steering wheel but was unable to keep the vehicle on the road.
According to JSO, the vehicle jumped the curb and struck four middle school children who were walking to school.
When the vehicle came to rest, Baptisme moved the child into the passenger seat, jumped behind the wheel and fled the scene.
Baptisme dropped the child off near Terry Parker High School and told her to walk to school, according to JSO.
When questioned by JSO, Baptisme confessed to committing the crimes, according to the arrest report.
An officer at the scene on Monday said the 13-year-old initially turned herself in to the school and told them she was driving the car to school with an adult male in the passenger seat.
Baptisme admitted his driver's license is currently suspended.
According to JSO, the four victims are still in the hospital being treated for their injuries.
First Coast News