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Charges: Driver doing 'donuts' hits 14-year-old boy, flees

The crash happened on May 21 and he was charged on Thursday.
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A 20-year-old driver is accused of crashing into a crowd while doing burnouts in downtown Minneapolis, critically injuring a 14-year-old boy. 

Markques Anthony Floyd, of Little Canada, was charged Thursday in Hennepin County District Court with four counts of criminal vehicular operation, two felonies and two gross misdemeanors, in connection to the May 21 incident. 

According to the criminal complaint, Floyd was doing "donuts" in the middle of the road near Border Avenue and 3rd Avenue North in Minneapolis around 11:40 p.m. on May 21 when he lost control and "plowed into a crowd of people," striking a 14-year-old boy. 

He then got out of his car and fled on foot, charges said. 

When police arrived, they found the 14-year-old boy lying on the ground face down and had a large cut on his head, the complaint says. 

Doctors said he had a major brain bleed and was in critical condition, charges say. He was later diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and fracture to the bone above his left eye. 

Police were aware of a large group of "hotrodders" in the area, with the complaint noting they often gather by the hundreds.

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Floyd admitted to police he lost control while doing donuts and drove into the curb, hitting the victim and others. He said the crowd was getting aggressive so he fled. 

The complaint notes Floyd poses a threat to public safety, so prosecutors requested a warrant for his arrest. 

Floyd told the Star Tribune he wasn't aware of the charges and planned to turn himself in, adding that he hopes the 14-year-old boy is OK and he's trying to find out his name so he can apologize to him directly.

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