A young girl was injured when she and her older brother got behind the wheel of their mother's minivan Wednesday afternoon.
Two-year-old Avalena Everard fell out of the minivan's side door when the vehicle jumped into reverse and backed into a nearby parked car about 2:30 p.m. It is unclear whether the child shifted the automatic-transmission vehicle into reverse, or if it shifted some other way.
The girl's mother, Virginia Everard, 33, of Steamboat Springs, left the vehicle running in the parking lot in front of the Steamboat Springs Police Depart-ment while she ran a quick errand at a nearby store, Steamboat Springs police officer Damian Baynes said.
The girl's 5-year-old brother, Gabriel, was in the minivan with his sister when she fell out.
The girl, who apparently tried to open the door, got caught in the door and dragged along as the minivan rolled back.
Police noticed the commotion and tried to get the boy out of the vehicle.
As police were trying to break into the car, the boy managed to shift the vehicle into drive.
The minivan, once again on the move, ran into an ambulance that had just arrived on scene.
The ambulance was not damaged, Baynes said. The car was barely rolling when it bumped up against the emergency vehicle.
The girl was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. The extent of her injuries is unknown.
The incident is still under investigation.