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11-year-old totals car in Mishawaka Walmart parking lot

11-year-old totals car in Mishawaka Walmart parking lot. // WSBT 22

A South Bend woman says she doesn't know what to do after a bizarre accident at the Mishawaka Walmart.

Dawn Scott was wrapping up her shift when a co-worker said someone hit her car.

To everyone's surprise the person who totaled her car was an 11-year-old.

Mishawaka Police say this isn't the first time they've seen this. Parents often times leave their kids in the car to run a few errands, but police are warning people that accidents like the one from Wednesday night can happen if you leave your kids alone.

“My car is gone. It's total loss," said Scott.

Scott is a busy mother of three. When she's not cooking meals or playing with her kids, she's at work at the Walmart in Mishawaka.

She was finishing up her shift Wednesday night when a co-worker alerted her.

“I was in the money center with a customer and another associate called me and he was like ‘I think somebody just hit your car,’” said Scott.

By the time she got to the parking lot, she saw her smashed car.

"In my mind I’m thinking it's just a little fender-bender. I get outside. My whole bumper is on the ground and the car is tilted completely not how I parked it," said Scott.

Mishawaka Police were called and when they got on scene they discovered the driver was just a boy.

“The driver of the actual vehicle was identified as an 11-year-old. It was mom's vehicle so mom went running inside the store. Vehicle was left running, and the 11-year-old got behind the wheel and ended up putting the car and gear and went for the ride," said Lieutenant Tim Williams, Mishawaka Police Department.

Three other cars were damaged in the accident. Scott's was the only car that was totaled.

“The positive thing is nobody got hurt during this crash," said Williams.

Scott fears that with no car and no way to get her three kids around, she'll be left out in the cold.

“I just need my car to be fixed or I need another car. I don't know what to do at this point," said Scott.

With the holidays right around the corner, she's hoping she can get back to work soon.

At this point, Scott says she doesn't think the other driver's insurance will cover her damage. She says she'll have to rely on friends and family for the time being.

Williams asks that parents bring their kids in with them to stores. Even if it's inconvenient, he says it will make sure both your children and the people around you are safe.

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