Last week, 61-year-old Tommy Rodriguez of Saint Paul was charged with criminal vehicular operation and DWI in connection with an incident late last year that left a six-year-old boy with serious injuries.
On December 16, six-year-old Zachary Drew of Coon Rapids was at MSP with his mother and siblings to welcome his father home from a tour in Iraq with the Oklahoma National Guard. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses saw Rodriguez driving his sport utility vehicle at unsafe speeds through the parking lot immediately before he hit Drew. The vehicle dragged Drew 15 feet before Rodriguez crashed it into a wall. Thankfully, the boy survived the accident, but was hospitalized for a broken leg and facial injuries.
After the accident, Rodriguez submitted to police requests for a blood test. The results indicated that his blood alcohol content (BAC) was well above the 0.08 legal limit at the time of the crash. According to Rodriguez’s account, he was at the airport because of a malfunctioning GPS device and, even though he saw Drew and his family crossing the parking ramp lane, he did not attempt to stop or slow his vehicle.
Rodriguez was previously convicted of DWI in 2004. He faces up to four years in prison.
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Source: KSTP.com, “Driver Charged for Striking Boy at MSP Intl’ Airport,” Lauren Radomski.