DARTMOUTH – Relieved relatives of Cole Michael Kelly said today that the 4-year-old boy injured Wednesday when an allegedly drunk neighbor drove over him is now recovering at home.
Standing near the child’s home on Buttonwood Road here, the child’s grandmother, Tammy Rebello, said Kelly was released from Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence where he was rushed Wednesday afternoon following the crash.
“He’s got a long time to recover,’’ she said, adding that doctors told the family that the child was “traumatized’’ by the incident that ended with the arrest of 64-year-old Pedro Roias on drunken driving charges.
Relatives allowed reporters to meet with the boy briefly this afternoon and the only obvious sign of the incident were scrape marks on the child’s left shin.
Roias was ordered held without bail today on charges that he was drunk when he drove down his driveway and smashed through a fence into the yard across the street, injuring Kelly while he was playing in his family’s yard.
Roias appeared in New Bedford District Court, where Bristol County prosecutors won a judge’s approval to hold him until a dangerousness hearing next week. Roias appeared to be visibly upset as he stood in the prisoner’s dock.
The request for a dangerousness hearing was quickly approved by the judge, without discussion by the prosecution or a challenge by Roias’s defense attorney.
Police said Roias drove his 2000 white Dodge Caravan through the “stockade style fence’’ around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
“Witnesses to the crash reported that the white Caravan had crashed through the fence and ran over the 4-year-old boy who was playing in his yard,’’ Dartmouth Police Detective Robert Levinson wrote in a statement. “Due to Mr. Roias’s apparent signs of inebriation he was placed under arrest.’’
According to police, Roias sat in his vehicle after the crash with the engine running until a person reached inside the cab and shut the engine off.
Roias pleaded not guilty to multiple charges including driving under the influence of liquor causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, and driving without an inspection sticker.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.