A Muncie man has been accused of fleeing after his car struck a 2-year-old girl, running over the child’s legs, in the westside mobile home park where he lives.
Doroteo Castillo Chavez, 50, 5600 W. Kilgore Ave., Lot 33, was arrested on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of an accident.
Authorities were sent to Hickory Haven Mobile Home Park, where the child was injured in front of a trailer not far from Chavez’s mobile home, about 5 p.m. Saturday.
According to a Muncie Police Department report, the 2-year-old girl was trying to cross a street when she was struck by Chavez’s 2008 Pontiac G6.
The girl had tire marks over both legs, the report, said, along with some facial cuts and “a lot of road rash over her body.”
After it was determined one of her legs was broken, the child was flown by medical helicopter to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where she was also reportedly being treated for internal injuries.
Officer Mike Rehfus found the vehicle involved in the accident parked under a carport outside Chavez’s home.
Chavez said “he was just coming through the trailer park headed to his trailer when (the child) ran out in front of him,” Rehfus wrote. “He stated he got scared after he hit (the girl) and he just went to his trailer and parked and went (inside).”
Rehfus said Chavez’s breath and the interior of his vehicle both smelled strongly of alcohol, and he showed signs of intoxication that included slurred speech.
The officer reported he found no skid marks near the accident scene. He also determined that Chavez was apparently driving without insurance.
The Muncie man continued to be held in the Delaware County jail on Monday under a $13,000 bond.
According to court records, Chavez, formerly of Tavares, Fla., was arrested for drunken driving in Delaware County in August 2008 and July 2009.
He pleaded guilty to a single count of driving while intoxicated as part of a plea agreement in March 2010.
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