WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A 4-year-old girl in Turkey Ridge ran over her grandmother Monday morning in their driveway with her Ford Probe passenger car.

A 4-year-old girl in Turkey Ridge ran over her grandmother Monday morning in their driveway with her Ford Probe passenger car.

According to state patrol reports, Heaven Edlemen was playing with the controls of a 1991 Ford that was parked in a private driveway at 8 a.m. about three miles outside the Waynesville city limits when Eva A. Edlemen, 51, was walking toward and attempting to enter the vehicle. When the child placed the vehicle in gear, Eva Edlemen tried to put the vehicle in park but was dragged several feet until the vehicle hit a parked car.

Sgt. Danny Crain of the State Patrol said no citations are expected against the girl due to her age.

Waynesville Rural Fire Chief Doug Yurecko said the second vehicle was a four-door passenger car. According to the State Patrol report, the Probe sustained moderate damage and the four-door passenger car had minor damage. Both were left at the scene of the crash.

Pulaski County Ambulance District paramedics took Eva Edlemen to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon for treatment of moderate injuries. Heaven Edlemen was not wearing a seat belt but was not injured.

Cars rolling over family members are more common than they should be, Yurecko said. At least three cars have run over pedestrians in or near their driveways in the past few years, he said, including two fatal wrecks in Hunter’s Point.

While cars sometimes jump out of gear and begin rolling on their own, the Turkey Ridge crash was clearly preventable, Yurecko said.

“Don’t leave the car running with the child in the car; that would be the No. 1 safety tip,” Yurecko said.

Taking a few minutes to secure a child can save a life, he said.

“The child was not secured in the car seat at the time, so if you are putting a child in or taking one out of a car, you should make sure the car is not running,” Yurecko said. “If the car is running, you should be sure the child is secured in a car seat.”

Waynesville (Mo.) Daily Guide