ROSEVILLE (WWJ) – Police say a man who was squealing his tires through a Roseville neighborhood jumped the curb, hitting two young children in strollers and their mothers.
The two women and their children, ages 3 and 11 months, were struck around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday while walking at Pinehurst and 12 Mile Road, just west of Utica Road.
Police Chief James Berlin said the 22-year-old Roseville man was driving recklessly throughout the neighborhood, “acting like a jerk” before he lost control of his older-model Ford Mustang.
“He came up to the 12 Mile Road stop sign and as he was waiting for the traffic to clear he was gunning his motor, drawing attention to himself,” Berlin told WWJ’s Zahra Huber. “When traffic cleared so he could make his turn, he took off at a high rate of speed, did a donut in the middle of 12 Mile Road and then lost control of his vehicle to throw him up over the curb.”
Berlin said both children were thrown from their strollers upon impact, while the women were knocked to the ground. All four were taken to a local hospital where the women and 3-year-old boy were treated and released. The 11-month-old boy remains hospitalized for facial injuries, Berlin said, but is expected to recover.
The man was arrested at the scene for reckless driving. He was processed at the police station and released on $500 cash bond.
“You can’t police stupidity. There’s just no excuse for his actions or behavior,” said Berlin. “A couple feet the other way or a couple more miles an hour and this would be a totally different outcome here. It was a stupid act on this kid’s part and he’s very, very lucky he’s not facing murder charges today.”
Berlin said alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash.