BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) – A 61-year-old was arrested Friday night after allegedly hitting a 6-year-old child with a car at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Airport Spokesperson Pat Hogan said the incident happened at about 6 p.m. Friday in the green short-term parking ramp at the airport. Authorities arrested Tommy Rodriguez of St. Paul for criminal vehicular operation.

Authorities said they smelled alcohol on Rodriguez’s breath at the time of the incident, but it’s not yet known if he had been drinking or what his blood alcohol content might have been. Hogan said the child was on his way to welcome his father home from a military deployment to Iraq.

There were no other injuries in the incident. The child’s name has not yet been released, and authorities said the child’s injuries appear to be non-life threatening. The incident is still under investigation at this time.

Comments (12)
  1. jean says:

    agreed,and yet she’s more the likely to do it again, in do time !

  2. Confused says:

    I wish the boy a speedy recovery, however, I am lost as to HOW it happened. One story said the boy and Mom were trying to cross from the ramp to the terminal. This one says it happened in the ramp.

    IF they were trying to cross between ramp and terminal – HOW were they doing it? There is no pedestrian crossing between the two structures – you have to use the underground or overhead passages.

    Don’t get me wrong – I still feel the driver should be slowing down – because based on the injuries mentioned and description of accident (how far the boy was dragged etc) on another news site (way to go WCCO reporters – once again you lower the bar on yourselves), the driver seemed to be going fast.

    I’m glad the boy has non-life threatening injuries. Get well soon.

  3. Michele says:

    I don’t know how this particular accident happened, but I would wish that parents remembered to hold onto a child’s hand in a parking lot. I see so many moms and dads talking on their cellphones or letting the child run ahead to the car or the store. If the parent is pushing a shopping cart, then it’s a good idea to insist the child(ren) hold onto the cart.

    And I also wish that drivers would remember they aren’t on the street when they tear through parking lots.

    1. Kris says:

      I read on another site that she was crossing with his 3 siblings. Sounds like she had her hands full. My heart goes out to the family. I wish the little boy a speedy recovery.

    2. kate says:

      How do you know she wasn’t holding his hand?

  4. bridge says:

    um. people. this man was DRUNK.
    and yet you blame the mother?
    the mother.
    mind you she was excited to see her husband who has been gone for NEARLY A YEAR!
    never mind the kids were moments from their daddy…so if at that exact moment not all of them were holding hands and had a life vest on…good gawd people. This was NOT their fault.
    everyones got an opinion huh?

  5. Kevin says:

    Gosh…is Mr. Rodriguez……..a legal? Or he one of many Illegals that make there way to Minnesomalia?

    1. Joe Bear says:

      Kevin IMO you are and illegal go back to Poland

  6. Krissi says:

    I really wish people wouldn’t be so quick to blame the parents in situations like this, especially when we don’t know what exactly happened. The story states the guy smelled like alcohol, which leads ME to believe that it was totally his fault. I was walking with my kids through the parking lot at Rosedale, holding their hands and at a cross walk, when someone came tearing through the lot yapping on the phone and not paying attention and almost hit us. I pushed my kids out of the way and as I was standing there yelling after the moron, someone came up to me and yelled at me for “not hanging on to my kids”. Drivers just really need to pay more attention.

  7. Banger says:

    The kid jumps out in front of the car.. if the car is damaged the parents should have to pay for it… Looks like the kid is at fault in this one.

    1. facts banger get the facts says:

      You have the facts about as contorted as Michele Bachmann’s mind Bangless
      The family was walking holding hands. Like one needs to do to control the kids in a busy area. Like a respnsible family should do and is taught to do.
      The driver comes around a corner and takes out the end kid- more than one person saw it. He dragged in fact the boy approx. 15 feet and pinned him.
      He didn’t slow down. He whipped around a corner. He was drinking. End of story. Was he per chance your Dad Banger?
      He got off easy – if I was the dad or mom, and like them had just served or returned from a tour in Iraq, I may have lost it and severly damaged the dude. I mean badly. Great restraint by the mom from all I have heard (yes-I work at airport).
      Tragic. The only positive is they took another drunk, or at least impaired, off the roads before he killed someone.Delete ReplyReply ForwardSpamMovePrint Actions NextPrevious

    2. me says:

      Based on what evidence?

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