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Driver hits toddler before crashing minivan into Mission Bay: Police

SAN DIEGO -- A 3-year-old girl suffered minor injuries Sunday afternoon on the Mission Bay shore after being hit by a van driven by a 14-year-old, according to authorities.

San Diego police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the call shortly before 2 p.m. in the 2100 block of East Mission Bay Drive, according to Officer Tony Martinez.

The teen accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes, drove up onto the sand, hit the girl and ended up in Mission Bay, Martinez said.

The girl was taken to Children's Hospital in Kearny Mesa with minor injuries, but was only being checked out as a precaution, according to police.

The teenage driver was only about tire-deep into the water and got out of the van without being hurt.