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Published on Monday April 18, 2011 - 11:11 AM
 
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Oregon State Police troopers, with the assistance of the Department of Human Services - Child Welfare Division, are continuing the investigation into a Sunday morning minor injury crash involving a 6-year old boy who took his family's vehicle from their Klamath Falls-area apartment.

On April 17, 2011 at approximately 7:15 a.m. OSP and Klamath Falls area emergency responders were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Bristol Avenue near Fargo Street in the south suburbs of Klamath Falls. Upon arriving at the scene Trooper Sabrina Criswell discovered one of the involved drivers was a 6-year old boy who had taken his mother's 1996 Plymouth Voyager van and left the family's apartment westbound on Bristol Avenue. The boy was alone driving the van and crashed into several mailboxes before swerving into the eastbound lane where it crashed head-on with a 1992 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by TAMMY J. BELAU, age 29, from Klamath Falls.

The boy was not injured and he wasn't using safety restraints. He said he was hungry, took a roll of pennies from home and drove the van to get some food. His name is not being released.

BELAU received minor injuries. She was using safety restraints.

OSP troopers from the Klamath Falls Area Command office are continuing the investigation.