Driver charged with plowing through 2 block parties

May 9, 2011 10:33:57 AM PDT
The driver who allegedly plowed through two North Philadelphia block parties over the weekend is facing a number of charges.

Police say four children were run over when a car, driven 54-year-old Alton Parker, plowed through two block parties on the 2600 block of N. Myrtlewood Street on Saturday.

Police say Parker was high on PCP when the crash occurred.

Alexus Jardine, 17, one of the four children injured in the crash, is nursing bumps and bruises.

"He had a deranged look on his face like he was just not stopping; he didn't care who he hit," Jardine said.

Alexus' mother, Twanna, watched as 9-year-old Andre Clark, the most seriously injured, was mowed over.

"He rolled over that little boy and when he rolled over him as I'm running up, [Andre] is coming up from under the car," Twanna said.

Andre Clark remains hospitalized at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children with broken ribs and a brain injury. He was still in critical condition on Monday.

Kathy Filer, the victim's grandmother, tells Action News, "He had trauma to the brain. [Doctors] did two CAT scans and the second CAT scan showed the bleeding has stopped."

"He's definitely a little fighter. He'll pull through this with God's help and all our prayers," neighbor Jerry Quinn said.

Family members say a 2-year-old girl, a cousin of Andre's, also remains hospitalized.

Another cousin, 9-year-old Jahlil was treated and released. He suffered a fractured kneecap and foot.

Witnesses say it was a wild scene as Parker, of the 2800 block of West Lehigh Avenue, allegedly drove his Volvo station wagon the wrong way on a one way street, mowing over everything in his path.

Sandra Peterson witnessed the mayhem, telling Action News, "[The children] were in the middle of the street because they didn't see no car because they were playing."

Neighbors say they tried stopping the car and warning people up the block, but it all happened too quickly.

"My husband, he stood in front of the car, he was trying to slow him down, but he was going to hit him. But he just kept going, put the gas on and kept going," neighbor Toiya Lewis said.

A mob chased Parker's car, which showed the evidence of what happened with food, icing, and even a baby's pacifier stuck on the windshield.

Asim Bagley opened the car door, but says he backed away when he realized Parker had an axe.

"I mean I was going to take a chance but you don't know how people is. I did what I could do but I didn't know he was going to run the kids over," said Bagley.

An off-duty police officer who was around the corner rammed Parker's car into a building on West Sergeant Street. He was forced to pull his gun after the suspect got out and began swinging that axe.

Parker is charged with multiple counts of each of the following: Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault while DUI, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Accident Involving Injury and other related offenses.