Driver Being Chased by Cops Hits 3 Kids in Playground

Youngest Minneapolis sibling was critically injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 13, 2018 12:50 AM CDT
Driver Being Chased by Cops Hits 3 Kids in Playground
Minnesota State Patrol investigates the scene where a motorist being pursued by the State Patrol veered into a Minneapolis school playground Monday, June 11, 2018.   (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

An unlicensed driver being chased by state troopers plowed into a Minneapolis playground, injuring three young siblings, one of them critically, authorities say. State troopers tried to stop 27-year-old Kabaar Powell for speeding on Interstate 94 on Monday, but he tried to flee, authorities say. They say he eventually got off the highway, tore through tennis courts, and smashed into the playground near Jenny Lind Elementary School on the city's north side, hitting young Kayden, Konnor, and Lillianna Peltier and coming to a halt entangled in a swing set, the AP reports. Powell remained jailed without bail Tuesday on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation and fleeing police. The children's aunt, Devin Brinkley, says 2-year-old Kayden was in critical condition heading into surgery on Monday night.

The aunt says Lillianna, 4, was in stable condition with bleeding on the brain and that Konnor, 3, was traumatized but had minor injuries. "My sister's husband was there and watched his children get run over by a car. I can't imagine. I can't even fathom how I would feel," Brinkley says. A spokeswoman for North Memorial Medical Center said Tuesday that the hospital isn't releasing the children's conditions. Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug Neville says Powell hasn't had a valid driver's license since 2014. In 2015, Powell was convicted of driving with a suspended license, and he has earlier convictions dating back to 2010 for speeding and twice for not having the proper type of license.

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