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MINNEAPOLIS – An unlicensed driver who was fleeing Minnesota state troopers did not use his brakes or slow down when he plowed through a basketball court, running over two children who were playing with their father and two other siblings, according to charges filed Wednesday.
Prosecutors said Kabaar Powell, 27, was driving at speeds of more than 80 mph through residential areas during Monday’s chase, raising questions about whether troopers should have been following him at that speed. It’s not clear how fast Powell was going when he hit the kids, but police dashcam video shows the father had just four seconds to gather his children — including one in a stroller — and try to run.
The article goes on to state the following:
Powell completely ran over 2-year-old Kayden Peltier, causing life-threatening injuries, and partially ran over his 4-year-old sister, Lillianna, according to the charges. Kayden’s injuries include fractures to his pelvis and neck, and intracranial bleeding. He had to have his spleen removed and suffered an acute loss of blood, the complaint said. Lillianna suffered several abrasions, contusions and bleeding on the brain. Another brother, 3-year-old Konnor, had minor injuries.
[Department of Public Safety spokesman Doug] Neville said 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 convictions dating back to 2010 for speeding and for not having the proper type of license.
Kabaar Powell 27, Charged With Running Over 2 Kids During Pursuit. Speed full speed through a playground. https://t.co/RHABBWsVvv
— M!CH431 5CH3!D311 (@r2ba_us) June 13, 2018
The suspect, 27-y/o Kabaar Powell, is in custody. Powell is held on probable cause criminal vehicular operation with bodily harm and fleeing police. His priors include several traffic violations like speeding, driving without insurance and without a valid license. pic.twitter.com/ATobMFkdTK
— Iris Pérez (@IrisPerezFOX9) June 11, 2018
Authorities say two children have life-threatening injuries after a driver being chased by a state trooper veered into a Minneapolis park and struck them. https://t.co/6b8VDOeuR6
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) June 12, 2018
UPDATE: Two kids taken to North Memorial after police chase ends in a playground swing set crash in North Minneapolis. Suspect ID’d as 27-year-old Kabaar Wahleen Powell. | https://t.co/kR7iJkmlSu pic.twitter.com/cddQGgNuJv
— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) June 11, 2018
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