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3-year-old struck by van; woman arrested

A Richmond woman who had a suspended driver’s license was arrested Saturday, Oct. 7, and charged with Leaving the scene of an accident after striking a 3-year-old at Canal Days in Metamora.

According to a Franklin County Sheriff’s Department press release, Shirley L. McKinney, 54, was operating a 2003 Chevrolet Venture van at the intersection of Clayborn Street and Hollands Alley. It was about 3:51 p.m.

Streets were virtually curb-to-curb people all over the town at that point.

The 3-year-old was walking with a grandmother when the grandmother saw the van approaching.

The grandmother tried to alert the van’s driver to stop. However, police said the van drove over the 3-year-old’s foot.

It is alleged McKinney told the grandmother she was going to park the van and return. However, she did not.

A short time later deputies were able to locate McKinney who was still in the Metamora area. McKinney was arrested, taken to the Franklin County Security Center (FCSC) and charged with Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury and Driving while suspended with a prior conviction. Both are class A misdemeanors.

She later bonded out on a $2,500 cash/surety bond.

The victim was transported to Fayette Regional Hospital in Connersville by Laurel EMS-3 for treatment of the injuries the 3-year-old received to the foot.

If convicted of a class A misdemeanor, McKinney could receive up to one year in the FCSC.

FCSD Sgt. Adam Henson investigated the situation. He was assisted at the scene by the Laurel Police Department, Metamora Volunteer Fire Department, Laurel Volunteer Fire Department and Responder 24.