Suspect charged after hit-and-run accident injures toddler -

Suspect charged after hit-and-run accident injures toddler

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KMOV) – A 24-year-old driver was charged Thursday after allegedly striking and injuring a young child in a hit-and-run accident that later turned into a police pursuit.

Police say the incident began in Maryland Heights and went into St. Charles County Wednesday evening.

According to officials, the 2-year-old girl was hit in Maryland Heights near Creve Coeur Park, and when police spotted the suspect's vehicle, they pursued it.

The chase eventually ended just off Upper Bottom Road in St. Charles County.

In addition to suspect, there were two passengers in the vehicle who police say stayed at the scene when the driver fled. Those passengers reportedly wanted the driver to stop after he hit the child, and were unwilling participants in the pursuit.

The driver, David DeClue, was charged with three felony counts, which include: leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child. This is not a charge related to the child he hit, but one of the passengers in the car with him was a 15-year-old girl.  

DeClue is being held on $30,000 bond.

The injured child is expected to be okay.

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