SUV backs over, critically injures toddler

Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI

A 1-year-old girl was critically hurt and a man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after authorities said he accidentally backed a sport-utility vehicle over the toddler at an Orchard Mesa home Saturday evening.

The child’s condition was unknown as of 10 p.m., but police scanner traffic indicated she was unconscious and not breathing when she was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital. Emergency personnel also reported she had a skull fracture and was bleeding from her ears.

The accident happened around 7 p.m. at 2799 C Road.

Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Ryan Parker said a group of adults was working on the vehicle in a detached garage. Once they finished, one of the men backed it out into a gravel driveway and ran over the toddler. Parker said he believed the driver was the toddler’s grandfather but couldn’t confirm that. The man’s name wasn’t released.

Parker said three other adults, including the girl’s mother, were present when the accident
happened, but he wasn’t sure where they were or what they were doing at the time. He said the mother rode in the ambulance to the hospital with her daughter.

A trooper took the SUV driver to St. Mary’s to obtain a blood sample. Parker later confirmed the man was arrested and said there were “indicators of alcohol that are being investigated.”

Minutes after the accident, the grandfather and another man appeared distraught. Later, the other man got into a heated discussion with a trooper, telling him “He didn’t do anything wrong!” referring to the grandfather.


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