Skip to main content

Man who crashed into kids at playground pleads guilty

He was fleeing police at the time, and caused serious injuries to two of the children.

The man who crashed his car into three children at a Minneapolis playground while fleeing police has pleaded guilty.

Kabaar Powell Jr., 27, made a plea deal with prosecutors that saw him plead guilty to two counts of fleeing a peace officer resulting in bodily harm.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says he's expected to be sentenced to 21 months for one count and 12 months for the other, to be served consecutively.

However, as part of the plea deal, Powell Jr. agreed to aggravating factors that will allow for a more severe sentence to be imposed when he has his sentencing hearing on Aug. 16.

Powell Jr. was fleeing police in an SUV when he barreled into a playground area at Bohannon Park last month, approaching the Peltier family as they played on a basketball court.

He ran over St. Paul 2-year-old Kayden Pelter and his 4-year-old sister Lillianna, causing them serious injuries, including brain bleeding, a spine fracture and a fractured pelvis to Kayden.

Lillianna had a hematoma on her forehead and a hemorrhage between the brain and the tissue covering it, while their 3-year-old brother, Konnor, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Follow Bring Me The News on YouTube.

The injuries suffered by Kayden were the most severe, with the Star Tribune providing an update earlier this week, saying he's been allowed to come home but is still wearing a halo brace to hold his head while he heals.

A GoFundMe page set up to help the Peltier family with their mounting medical bills has so far raised more than $34,000.

After the guilty plea was entered by Powell Jr., Freeman said: "Mr. Powell’s reckless actions seriously injured one child, hurt another and had the potential to cause even greater damage since there were other children playing at the park with their dad."

"This didn’t have to happen, but we are pleased that Mr. Powell pleaded guilty and agreed to the aggravating factors in this case, which will allow for a more severe sentence than called for by the Minnesota sentencing guidelines."

During the police chase, which prompted a debate over what situations police decide to pursue a suspect in residential areas, Powell Jr. ran at least 22 stop signs as he reached speeds above 80mph.

Next Up

26136405486_58b42ceec7_k

Runways shut down at MSP Airport due to heavy snow

Some spots in the Twin Cities could see up to 8 inches of snow on Tuesday.

Sourced_Q4_229260_A (1)

2PinkSquirrels - making memories with milkshakes

First Time Guests Get BOGO milkshakes starting December 1st and running through December 15th

SamBrinton

Government official accused of stealing luggage at MSP Airport

Charges state Sam Brinton stole luggage with its contents valued at over $2,000.

Screen Shot 2022-11-29 at 12.09.28 PM

Developer plans 'modern European' condos for Minnetonka

City planners are set to review a concept plan Thursday.

snow

Expect up to 8 inches in Twin Cities; another snowstorm next week?

The latest from Bring Me The News meteorologist Sven Sundgaard.

northern-long-eared-bat

Northern long-eared bat moved from threatened to endangered list

Populations affected by white-nose syndrome have declined by 97% or more.

JeronimoYanezBCA

Court: Ex-cop who fatally shot Philando Castile had teaching license wrongfully denied

The Court of Appeals sent the application back for reconsideration by the board.

Screen Shot 2022-11-29 at 7.26.15 AM

Multiple crashes, spinouts in Twin Cities as snow falls Tuesday morning

The metro could get up to six inches of snow throughout the day.

Related

Rodney Velho

Minneapolis man pleads guilty in shooting of girlfriend's ex

Rodney Velho admitted to shooting his girlfriend's ex boyfriend while he was dropping off children for a visit.

Teen pleads guilty over crash that killed 3 outside Matt's Bar

The unlicensed teen was driving at 80mph on Cedar Avenue.

Man pleads guilty to pulling gun on teens at McDonald's

The incident was captured on video and shared to social media.

court room

Man who 'terrorized community' with his car guilty of vehicular assault

The 35-year-old pursued a number of people with his car, seriously injuring two.

Prison for man who shot boy, 13, in head near Little Earth complex

He'll spend 7 years in prison for the serious assault.

2 kids injured as fleeing suspect crashes into Minneapolis playground

It happened Monday morning at Bohanon Park near an elementary school.

Charges: Man threatened to rape, kill kids at St. Paul playground

He's also accused of criminal sexual conduct at another St. Paul school.