Xavier Battle, 7, stable after St. Paul hit-and-run - KMSP-TV

HIT + RUN: St. Paul boy has 40 stitches, broken back

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

A 7-year-old boy is in stable condition at Gillette Children's Hospital after being hit by a suspected drunk driver while riding his bike Tuesday night in St. Paul.

Xavier Battle has 40 stitches in his head, skin scraped off his legs and broken bones in his back, but didn't suffer any spinal injuries as a result of the hit-and-run crash. The boy's mother told FOX 9 an MRI has been scheduled for Wednesday to examine other injuries.

St. Paul Police Cmdr. Steve Frazer said Battle was riding his bike when the driver, Kristina Jackson, allegedly hit him at the intersection of Payne Avenue and Bedford Street around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. 

Police said Jackson drove off, but an officer stopped her close to the scene. She was arrested and booked into jail for suspicion of DUI.

Jill Wright, a nurse, told FOX 9 she happened to be driving by at the time of the incident and stopped to assist other first responders -- they were encouraging the boy to stay put while he attempted to stand up, which could have caused further injury.

The incident is currently under investigation.


Charges were filed Tuesday against a Minneapolis man allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run crash that killed 24-year-old bicyclist Jessica Hanson last week.

Hanson was hit at the intersection of 28th Street and Pleasant Avenue South at about 10:30 p.m. the night of July 3. According to police, she was riding her bike to her boyfriend's house when a car speeding north on Pleasant Avenue, without its headlights on, ran a stop sign and struck her.

The driver of that car, 24-year-old Abdirahman Abdi Ali, turned himself into Minneapolis police Monday morning. He was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide.

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