Driver charged for striking boy at Mpls airport 27 Jan 12

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A St. Paul man is charged with a felony for allegedly running over a young boy who was going to greet his soldier father at the Twin Cities airport.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s office on Thursday charged 61-year-old Tommy Rodriguez with criminal vehicle operation, a felony, and third-degree DWI, a gross misdemeanor.

Rodriguez is accused of hitting 6-year-old Zachary Drew with his sport utility vehicle in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport parking ramp on Dec. 16.

According to the complaint, blood-alcohol results indicate Rodriguez was at least 0.08 percent when the boy was struck while walking with his family.

The SUV dragged Zachary 15 feet before crashing into a wall. The boy suffered a broken leg and facial injuries.

A phone number for Rodriguez could not be found.



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