A driver, who was high on PCP, plowed through two North Philadelphia block parties over the weekend, injuring a number of children.
54-year-old Alton Parker is facing a number of charges after plowing through the parties on the 2600 block of N. Myrtlewood Street on May 7.
He allegedly drove his Volvo station wagon the wrong way down a one way street, plowing through everything in his path.
Onlookers tried to stop the car, but Parker paid them no avail. He eventually plowed through a group of children, running over Alexus Jardine, 17, Andre Clark, 9, Andre’s cousin Jahlil, 9, and another of Andre’s cousins, a 2-year-old who has not been identified.
A mob chased Parker’s car down the street. When the car finally stopped, it was covered with evidence of its destructive course, including food, icing and even a baby’s pacifier on the windshield.
An off duty police officer was able to ram Parker’s car into a building on West Sergent Street. Parker then got out of his vehicle and began swinging an axe, at which point the officer was forced to pull his gun.
Parker has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault, aggravated assault while DUI, recklessly endangering another person, accident involving injury and other related offenses.
Andre Clark remains hospitalized at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in critical condition. He suffered broken ribs and a brain injury. His 2-year-old cousin is still hospitalized as well. Jahil suffered a fractured kneecap and foot and was treated and released. Alexus was not seriously injured in the accident and is nursing bumps and bruises.
The Bucks County injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC are horrified to learn of such a traumatic incident. We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the children who were injured and wish them all a full recovery from their injuries.