CHILD HIT IN STREET BY DRUNK DRIVER
KTTC-TV reported today that an apparently drunk driver has been arrested after his car hit a 5-year-old child in Olmsted County Minnesota.
The boy was in a wagon near the edge of the road west of Byron Tuesday evening when he was hit by the car. KTTC reports he was playing with his brothers, with his father nearby, when the car hit him. He is currently in critical condition. The boy’s family carried him into their home, near where the accident happened in Kalmar Township. Deputies arrived on scene around 5:46 p.m.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the child, a 69-year-old Mantorville man, was taken into custody on a possible charge of criminal vehicular operation. Authorities say the man struck the wagon, dragging it for several yards before stopping. Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash. However, there may be other distracted driving issues as well.
Family and friends have set up a Facebook page, dedicated to the child’s progress. They say the child was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday evening. According to the Facebook page, “After initial tests, the doctors are very concerned with his brain function, the situation is very touch and go.” Hopefully the child will make a full recovery, but it is too soon to tell.
This is another example of the tragic consequences that can result from a drunk driver. Hopefully this boy will fully recover and law enforcement will act to keep that driver off the road in the future. Minnesota’s criminal laws are somewhat tough on a drunk driver that causes an auto accident. Our MN car accident lawyers make sure that the drunk driver’s auto insurance steps up to pay for the damage done and fully compensate the victim in cases like this. We have the resources to investigate the driver, and even the bar where he was drinking. In addition, we look at all possible insurance coverage to make sure the victims are as fully compensated as possible.
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