8-year-old drives car into Dorchester house

A car was driven into a house this morning on Mascot Street in Dorchester.
A car was driven into a house this morning on Mascot Street in Dorchester.
Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

An 8-year-old boy drove a car into the front porch of a house around 8:20 a.m. today on Mascot Street in Dorchester, causing an estimated $80,000 in damage, authorities said.

The boy backed a white BMW 328i from a driveway across the street, between two parked cars, and then into the front porch of a house.

“The homeowner said he was inside his home playing online poker when he heard a loud crash,” said Officer James Kenneally, a Boston police spokesman. “When he went to investigate the noise, he saw a white car backed into his porch and a young boy running away from the scene.”

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The boy’s mother told police her son was responsible for the crash and said that “her son started the car, which was in her driveway, placed it into reverse and ended up backing it down the driveway, across the street and into a neighbor’s porch,” police said in a statement. The car traveled 60 to 70 feet, Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald estimated.

The car smashed into the porch and then into the stone foundation of the house. Before the car was towed away, firefighters had to install columns on the porch to stabilize the porch—and in the basement to stabilize the house. A building inspector was called to the scene, MacDonald said.

He said the homeowner would now have to deal with his insurance company and get a contractor to put in reinforced columns and rebuild the foundation.

The boy was able to get out of the car and was already back home when police, firefighters, and emergency medical workers arrived. MacDonald said the boy was “extremely lucky” not to get seriously injured. The boy was uninjured but transported to Boston Medical Center for a precautionary evaluation, Kenneally said.

The Department of Children and Families will conduct a follow-up investigation into the crash, Kenneally said.