Driver who hit tot facing felonies
HILLSBOROUGH — Rosalie Rogers was doing everything right when everything went wrong Wednesday afternoon and her son, Cooper, was hit by a car.
According to Rogers' sister, Danielle Levitz, Rogers had just picked up Cooper, 3, from day care on School Street. The two were walking down the sidewalk when a vehicle jumped the curb and sent the boy hurtling through the air.
"He was hit while holding his mother's hand," Levitz said of her nephew.
The driver of the vehicle, Katlynn Hollinsworth, 24, continued driving down the sidewalk briefly before stopping, according to Capt. Ian Donovan of the Hillsborough Police Department. She was arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and first-degree assault, both felonies.
She was arraigned at Goffstown District Court Thursday afternoon; bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety. She has been banned from operating a motor vehicle or contacting the Rogers family.
Donovan said officers on the scene suspected that Hollinsworth was intoxicated by drugs, not alcohol.
"She had some signs of impairment, so we're focusing on the drug aspect," said Donovan. "It's enough that we feel there should be felony charges."
Levitz was working at the elementary school up the street from the day care when she got the call her nephew had been injured. She ran down the street in a panic and saw Cooper on the ground, a sneaker knocked off his foot by the impact.
"He was crying but his eyes were moving to see who was near him," said Levitz. "He just wanted his mother to hold him."
Cooper was taken to Concord Hospital, and then to Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Levitz said the boy is recovering steadily and was feeling well enough to play with his iPad Thursday.
"He's such a tough little kid," Levitz said.
Levitz, who was at Hollinsworth's arraignment with other family members, said she hopes people realize that driving while intoxicated has serious repercussions. She said her family wants Hollinsworth to learn that lesson as well.
"Cooper shouldn't suffer the consequences for her bad decisions," Levitz said.
The Hillsboro Moose lodge has started a fund for the Rogers family to help with medical and travel expenses. Donations to the Cooper Rogers Fund can be sent to Hillsboro Moose Lodge 1091, PO Box 333, Hillsboro, NH 03244
A probable cause hearing has not yet been set for Hollinsworth.