As children hit by SUV fight for their lives, community rallies to help stricken family

Kayden and Lillianna Peltier were hit by an SUV driver fleeing police.
Author:
Publish date:

The family left in turmoil after an SUV driver fleeing police struck two young children on Monday are the subject of a fundraising campaign.

Kayden Peltier, 2, and his sister Lilliana, 4, are still in a life-threatening condition after being run over as they played in a park with their father and their siblings on Monday.

The driver, Kabaar Powell of Richfield, is in court on Thursday to answer charges relating to the incident, which inflicted severe injuries on the youngsters.

In the wake of the collision, a fundraising campaign has been created on GoFundMe, that in the space of two days has raised more than $2,400.

Sign up: Get our daily Bring Me The Newsletter here.

It reveals that the two children are among seven siblings being raised by parents Kyle and Nicolle Peltier.

Kyle, identified as veteran of the Armed Forces, was looking after the kids at Bohanon Park while Nicolle was taking a test when the crash happened.

"I don't know the Peltiers but, as a parent, I know the heartbreak that floods you when your child gets even a minor cut or bruise," said Wayzata's Tory Schalkle, who started the fundraiser.

Today's Top Stories

– The Minneapolis Pedal Pub is going national.

– Teen explains how she got her head stuck in exhaust pipe.

"I know the helplessness that grips you as you watch them sick or in a hospital," she added. "Yet I can't even fathom the magnitude of that pain for the Peltiers as their innocent children, in the middle of playing as a family, were ran over and now hang on for dear life."

The fundraiser has been set up to help the family with their hospital bills, as well as the "mental toll of a criminal case against the assailant" and any future implications of the injuries.

"Raising a family of 7 is not easy. Medical bills are not cheap (they're the #1 cause of bankruptcy)," Schalkle continues. "It seems to me that the simplest and most tangible thing we can do to help this family is to cover as much of their little ones' medical bills as we can."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2020-09-04 at 8.42.40 PM

Federal charges: MN marijuana lobbyist threatened U.S. representative

"I want you to be as scared as possible," the voicemail allegedly says.

coronavirus, masks, covid-19

Wisconsin Republicans aim to end governor's mask mandate

They've introduced a resolution to remove the governor's emergency powers.

Ted Schweich

Community group hopes to install billboard to get neighbor a kidney

A group called "Team Ted" aims to raise $5,000 to find their friend a kidney donor.

Andrew Palmer

Charges: Coach raped teenage girl on Minnesota basketball team

The 33-year-old head coach has been charged in connection to the alleged crimes.

radio station, microphone

WCCO Radio's program director leaves the company

It's not clear why John Hanson and the station parted ways.

Minneapolis skyline

Minneapolis a step closer to banning facial recognition technology

There are concerns about it leading to a surveillance state, and that it could harm disadvantaged communities.

covid-19, coronavirus, PPE

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 22

Nearly 50,000 Minnesotans have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

police lights

Police recover more than 14 pounds of meth, 4,000 pills during drug bust

Three people have been arrested and charged in connection to the drugs.

Gopher hockey

Gophers respond to drop in rankings with 10-goal outburst

It had been 17 years since the Gophers last scored 10 goals in a game.

Related

As cyclist fights for his life, police look for driver who hit him

Jose Hernandez Solano was hit by an SUV running a red light at 60 mph.

2 injured after 11-year-old girl crashes SUV into trees, house

The girl's father and another child were in the car.

Charges reveal severity of injuries caused to kids by fleeing SUV driver

A 27-year-old man from Richfield has been charged with 2 felonies and 3 gross misdemeanors.

Bicyclist hit in Minneapolis 'lived life to the fullest,' family says

She was an accomplished biochemist and marathon runner.

Screen Shot 2019-10-01 at 7.29.51 AM

Charges: St. Paul man stole SUV, violently struck teens in crosswalk

The man is suspected of being high on drugs when he carjacked an SUV.