WOODBURY HEIGHTS — A Deptford man who allegedly was driving drunk hit four children on a dead-end street shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
All four children were sent to hospitals and one had to have surgery for traumatic dental and jaw injuries, police said.
Hector Rios was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, careless driving, and assault by auto while DWI causing serious bodily injury, police said. A police report did not mention that Rios reportedly pleaded guilty to DWI assault by auto in 2006 in Mantua Township and was sentenced to two years probation.
Rios, 48, had left a nieces’s house near the dead end and was traveling north on the 400 block of Chestnut Street at 7:53 p.m. when he hit the four youths playing in the street, said police.
A 4-year-old female was transported to Inspira Medical Center Woodbury, where she was later released, A 15-year-old girl and two boys, 8 and 4, were sent to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The teenager and the 4-year-old boy were treated for bumps and bruises and released, said police.
The 8-year-old boy, in addition to undergoing surgery, received stitches for other injuries.
Rios left the road to the right for an unknown reason, then re-entered the street crossing over it and traveling into a wooded area on the opposite side of the street, police said. He knocked down several trees that became lodged under his pickup truck and kept him from going on to railroad tracks, said police.
His foot remained on the accelerator, which required a resident to break the passenger-side window to turn the truck off and get Rios out.
Rios was committed to the Salem County Jail in default of $25,000 bail.