MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Twin Cities boy hit by a suspected drunk driver at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is slow improving at a local hospital.

The family released a statement Tuesday that Zachery Drew has been upgraded to good condition at Gillette Children’s Hospital. Drew was heading to the airport to greet his father, who was returning from military duty in Iraq.

Drew is currently being treated for a broken leg, nose and jaw and could need reconstructive surgery.

Drew was hit by a car allegedly being driven by a 61-year-old man from St. Paul, later identified as Tommy Rodriguez. The incident happened at the green short-term parking ramp at the airport. Authorities said they could smell alcohol on his breath at the time of the accident, but there are no toxicology results yet as to where Rodriguez had actually been drinking or if he was impaired at the time of the accident. Rodriguez was arrested for criminal vehicular operation but has been released from jail, and criminal charges are pending.

Those interested in updates on Drew’s progress can visit his CaringBridge page. A benefit has also been set up to help pay for his medical expenses during the recovery process.

“Benefit for Zachery Drew” Fund
Wings Financial Credit Union
14985 Glazier Avenue
Suite 100
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Comments (4)
  1. brittany says:

    god bless! get better hun!! you can make it through! we are all rooting for ya!

    1. Marybeth Spivey says:

      Get better soon my friend!

    2. jean says:


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