Four children sent to hospital after being hit by drunk driver

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Four children were sent to the hospital during a Friday night birthday party after an alleged drunk driver crashes into a parked vehicle.

52-year-old Keith T. Phillips, faces DUI and hit-and-run charges in connection to the crash.

Around 10:00 p.m. police say Phillips was driving down Valencia Road near Newbys Bridge Road, when he smashed into a car in the 7500 block.

He then fled the scene.

Police say Phillips GMC pickup truck actually smashed into a parked car near a group of children.

That impact propelled the second car forward about thirty feet, injuring several of the kids.

Among the injured was Kim Draper's daughter.

"They were all just hanging out, having a good time and somebody just came and tore that all up," she said . "We heard the screams and I was thinking maybe it was the kids playing but they said somebody's been hit."

Draper ran outside to chaos.

Police say Phillips smashed into a PT Cruiser which was parked on the side of the street.

"We had kids on this side of the street near the car and we had kids in the mud," she said. "I saw my daughter laying in the middle of the street."

Draper says Phillips then hit the gas and never looked back.

"He tore out of here and there were spinning tires and dust," she said. "It was scary."

We're told her husband jumped into his truck and chased Phillips through the winding neighborhood streets to a house on the 4900 block of Newbys Bridge Road and called authorities.

Police are not describing this a standoff situation but they say, for some reason, it did take Phillips about two hours to come to the door so officers could make the arrest.

Four of the children have bumps, cuts and bruises, one of the girls is in a leg brace, while another boy spent the night in the hospital.

It's a birthday the Drapers will never forget.

"I'm just grateful that they're alive," said Kim.

The speed limit on Valencia Road is 25 miles per hour.

It is used as a cut through to Newbys Bridge we're told even without the aggravating factor of alcohol, drivers consistently ignore the signs and speed through the neighborhood.

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