3 siblings hurt in Minnesota playground crash

Published 8:08 am Wednesday, June 13, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — An unlicensed driver being chased by state troopers plowed into a Minneapolis playground, injuring three young siblings, one of them critically, authorities said.

State troopers tried to stop the 27-year-old Kabaar Powell, of Richfield, for speeding on Interstate 94 on Monday, but he tried to flee, authorities said. He eventually got off the highway, tore through tennis courts and smashed into the playground near the Jenny Lind Elementary School on the city’s north side, hitting young Kayden, Konnor and Lillianna Peltier and coming to a halt entangled in a swing set, they said.

Powell remained jailed without bail Tuesday on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation and fleeing police. Jail records didn’t list an attorney for him. The Hennepin County attorney’s office received an extension until noon Wednesday to charge or release him.

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The children’s aunt, Devin Brinkley, said 2-year-old Kayden was in critical condition heading into surgery at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale on Monday night. She said Lillianna, 4, was in stable condition with bleeding on the brain and that Konnor, 3, was traumatized but had minor injuries.