Missouri man drives into 4th of July crowd, runs over 5-year-old’s leg

JENNINGS, Mo. — A suburban St. Louis man has been charged with driving an all-terrain vehicle into a crowed Fourth of July block party and running over the leg of a 5-year-old girl.

Police say in charging documents that 36-year-old Taylor Bloate sped away after driving into a crowd of about 150 people in Jennings. He was arrested after running a red light and T-boning another vehicle at an intersection.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Bloate, of the St. Louis County village of Hanley Hills, is charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and fleeing the scene of a crash. His bail is set at $50,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Police say someone drove the girl to a hospital. Police don’t have an updated condition for her.

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