NEWARK -- A 3-year old boy and a 5-year-old girl were recovering Thursday after they were hit by a minivan driven by a 14-year-old boy moving the vehicle in a driveway of a Newark home.

The crash took place at 4:45 p.m. Monday in front of a home on the 7900 block of Thornton Avenue near Spruce Street, said Cmdr. Mike Carroll.

Officers were dispatched to a local hospital after a staff member there called police at 5:45 p.m. and said that two children, ages 3 and 5, were brought to the emergency room by their parents because they'd just been hit by a van.

After being stabilized, the children were transferred to Children's Hospital Oakland. Their injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

When officers went to the Thornton Avenue home to investigate, they learned the boy and the girl had been hit by a minivan driven by a 14-year-old boy who lived at that address.

"The driver was trying to move the car so he could get his bicycle out of the garage and go to football practice," according to a police report. "Unfamiliar with the car or how to drive, the 14-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle, struck the children and crashed the van into the side of the house."

Carroll said the children were not related to the 14-year-old boy who lived in the home where the crash occurred. The children, he said, lived several blocks away and had been outside the home playing.

No charges had been filed and no arrest had been made, Carroll said, but the incident remained under investigation on Thursday. It wasn't immediately known if an adult had given him permission to move the minivan.

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