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Charges: Driver Didn't Slow Before Hitting Kids at Mpls. Playground

Updated: June 13, 2018 01:45 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An unlicensed driver who was being chased by 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 siblings, prosecutors say.

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Twenty-seven-year-old Kabaar Powell was charged Wednesday with multiple counts, including criminal vehicular operation.

Prosecutors say Powell was fleeing state troopers Monday when he rammed into a Minneapolis playground. He completely ran over 2-year-old Kayden Peltier, causing life-threatening injuries, and partially ran over Kayden's sister, 4-year-old Lillianna. The children were at the park with their father and two other siblings.

The charges say the family started running just four seconds before they were hit.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Powell. He's expected to appear in court Thursday.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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