Police: Child smashes car while driving tractor through downtown Darlington

Father of 11-year-old cited following hit-and-run tractor crash
Police: Child smashes car while driving tractor through downtown Darlington

Darlington police have cited a 42-year-old man after his 11-year-old son was involved in a hit-and-run accident involving a tractor in downtown Darlington last weekend.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. last Saturday on Main Street in Darlington.

According to police, the 11-year-old was using a tractor to haul hay bales down Main Street in downtown Darlington when the tractor hit a parked car.

Police said the tractor didn’t stop, and a witness who saw the accident had to follow the tractor in order to lead police to the responsible vehicle.

Jayme Davis of Darlington was cited Wednesday for allowing his child to operate farm machinery without a proper permit.

According to Darlington Police Chief Jason King, children are allowed to operate farm machinery, but need to pass a tractor machinery operation safety course to be allowed to use it legally on the highway.

King says the 11-year-old was operating the tractor on Main Street in order to get the hay bales from one piece of farmland to another.

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