Man charged with felony child endangerment following crash

Man charged with felony child endangerment following crash

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police arrested a man on two counts of felony child endangerment after they say he caused a wreck that sent two children to the hospital.

Kevin J. Hill, 36, of Jonesboro is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage only, criminal mischief, careless and prohibited driving, no proof of liability insurance and seat belt use.

According to the initial incident report, Hill crashed into the rear of a pickup truck that had slowed to pass a vehicle on the shoulder of the road then he sped away.

The initial crash occurred on West Parker Road, near Southwest Drive, shortly before 7:30 Saturday night.

The victim told police he attempted to follow Hill while calling police "but could not keep up" with Hill's pickup truck.

He said Hill's truck was "traveling at a high rate of speed" when it lost control on a curve.

When the officer arrived at the scene of the second crash he reported seeing two young girls who appeared to be injured.

One of the girls was "bleeding from the mouth and nose, and had a cut on her chin." She appeared to be "shaken up."

Hill, according to the officer, did not attempt to calm the girls nor did he tend to their injuries.

When questioned about what happened, Hill reportedly told Officer Tanner Middlecoff he had hit a vehicle on Parker that had "suddenly braked" in the middle of Parker Road.

Hill reportedly said he could not find a "good location to pull over."

He went on to say that his brakes went out, causing him to slide into the ditch, the report stated.

Middlecoff observed skid marks from Hill's tires where he had braked before wrecking. He reported the marks were approximately 225 feet long before leaving the roadway.

The officer also noted in his report several locations, including "three well-lit parking lots," where Hill could have stopped following the initial crash.

Middlecoff arrested Hill and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

An ambulance took the two children to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Middlecoff also contacted the Child Abuse Hotline and filed a report.

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