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Toddler Puts Parked Minivan in Neutral, Minivan Rolls Into SUV

Notable incidents in Winchester from Saturday to Wednesday, Dec. 8-12.

The following information comes from the Winchester Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Toddler Puts Parked Minivan in Neutral, Minivan Rolls Into SUV

Police responded to Madison Avenue, near the Winchester Recreation Department, at about 11:49 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a motor vehicle crash.

There, a Woburn woman told police that she was putting her infant son into her parked minivan, a Toyota Sienna, when her other son, a toddler, jumped into the driver’s seat and put the van in neutral. The woman was unsure of how he was able to do this, given that her keys were not in the ignition.

The van, which was facing toward Highland Avenue, then rolled backward down the hill toward Main Street, the woman told police. She said she was able to put the van in park from the backseat, but the van only slowed down and did not stop. The van eventually struck a parked Nissan Pathfinder on the other side of the road. The van’s sliding door was open throughout the incident.

Both vehicles sustained some damage. The woman was able to drive away from the scene.

No injuries occurred, police said.

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Hypodermic Needles Found in Parkview Parking Lot

At about 3:13 p.m. Wednesday, a Swanton Street woman turned in two hypodermic needles she found in the Parkview parking lot.

Multi-Purpose Tool, Change Taken from Unlocked Car

A Pond Street man reported at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday that someone had stolen a $50 multi-purpose tool/knife and loose change from his unlocked car sometime overnight Monday.

Car Window Shattered Overnight

A Newton Road man reported at about 8:22 a.m. Tuesday that someone had broken the rear window of his Saab sometime during the previous night. No foreign objects were found inside the vehicle, and nothing was taken, according to police. 

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