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48-Year-Old Driver Charged With DUI After Hitting 4 Children In Woodbury Heights

48-year-old Hector Rios of Wenonah was charged with DUI after he hit four children in Woodbury Heights on Tuesday evening.

According to the police, Rios was coming back from a relative’s house and was traveling north on Chestnut Avenue when his truck left the road on the right-hand side. The incident took place just before 8 pm. After that, Rios drifted back onto the road, went across the street and into the woods on the opposite side of the road.

However, just before entering the woods, his pickup struck four children who had been playing outside of a Chestnut Avenue home at the time of the accident. The kids included a 15-year-old girl, an 8-year-old boy and another boy and girl, who were both 4 years old.

The names of the kids were not released. All of them were taken to the trauma center at Cooper Hospital in Camden except the 4-year-old girl. The teenager and the 4-year-old boy sustained only bruises and were released after examination.

The 8-year-old boy had to undergo surgery for dental and jaw injuries, and got several stitches for various other wounds. He was still in the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. The little girl was treated at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury for unspecified injuries and released later that night.

According to police reports, Rios’ foot never left the accelerator even after his vehicle came to a stop. The truck knocked down several small trees in the woods which got caught beneath it, preventing it from rolling onto a set of railroad tracks.

A neighbor who witnessed the whole accident rushed to help. He broke down the passenger side window to turn off the truck before pulling Rios from the driver’s seat.

Rios faced multiple charges including DUI, assault by auto while DWI, reckless driving and careless driving. He was held at the Salem County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Rios’ intoxication level was not disclosed by the police nor did they elaborate whether Rios was injured in the crash or not.

The incident is still under investigation by Ptl. Jason Neely and Investigator Gary Krohn of the Woodbury Heights Police Department.

News Source: www.NJ.com

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