Girl, 9, hit by vehicle Friday morning

Police arrested Vernon Powers, a family friend of the girl, on a DUI complaint. Powers, 46, was driving the girl to school when he had a traffic accident near NE 10 and Grand Boulevard and told the girl to get out and walk to school.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

Police arrested a man on a DUI complaint after the girl he was taking to school was hit by another vehicle.

Vernon Powers, 46, is a family friend of the girl and was taking her to school Friday morning when he got into a traffic accident near NE 10 and Grand Boulevard, police reported.

Powers told the girl to get out of the vehicle and walk to the school, Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.

The girl ran out into traffic to cross NE 10 and was struck by a vehicle driving west, Wardlow said.

The girl was taken to a hospital by her family with very minor injuries, Wardlow said.

Police investigating the accident determined Powers was drunk and arrested him.

The driver of the vehicle that hit the girl was not cited for any crime, Wardlow said.

The girl is a third-grader at Edwards Elementary, Oklahoma City Public School District spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said. has disabled the comments for this article.

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