A 2-year-old remains in serious condition after being hit-and-run by an alleged drunken Gonzaga University student last Saturday night.
The incident occurred around 7:50 p.m. in the area of Maringo Drive west of Maringo Road, said Detective David Thornburg, spokesman for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
Timmy N. Nguyen, 22, of Spokane was arrested for felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a female child had been struck by a vehicle. Upon arriving, investigators discovered the 2-year-old had riding in a bicycle carrier trailer had been struck by a suspected drunken driver who came around the corner off of Argonne at a high rate of speed. The driver then crossed over onto the wrong side of the road and ran over the trailer.
The vehicle did not stop and immediately fled the scene.
A witness followed behind the suspect, who was driving a 2003 Honda Element, to the Pasadena Apartment complex in the 4700 block of North Pasadena Lane. The witness blocked the suspect, Nguyen, and then confronted him. When asked if he knew what he had done, Nguyen, who appeared intoxicated and had trouble standing, replied with profanity.
Deputies arrived, and Nguyen refused to answer questions and kept asking if he was under arrest. He was then cited for the felony offenses and taken to a local hospital for a blood draw. Afterward, Nguyen was taken and booked into Spokane County Jail.
Blood samples were sent to the state toxicology laboratory in Seattle. It will take about a month to receive the results.
The 2-year-old, who had been wearing a helmet, remains in serious condition in intensive care with a skull and wrist fracture. Thornburg said she is doing well and expected to recover.
Deputies at the scene said the helmet had been “basically blown apart due to the collision,” and doctors said if she had not been wearing the helmet she likely would have died.
The investigation continues.