UPDATE: Car hits house; driver flees

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Updated: August 28, 2011, 10:44 PM

 

A 3-year-old boy was badly hurt Sunday night when a driver crashed his car at 7:45 p.m. into the garage of a house at 1915 N.E. 150th St. and then fled on foot.

Police arrested a suspect at 7:56 p.m., eight blocks away.

The boy had been playing in the garage.

“The child underwent a significant amount of blunt force trauma,” said Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Schoening. He said the boy had a laceration to the back of his head, was hit by flying objects in the garage and also was thrown a distance.

Schoening said Rajneel Singh, 26, of Salmon Creek was the driver who was southbound on 20th Avenue when he failed to make a westbound turn onto Northeast 150th Street and crashed into the garage. He was driving a 2007 Scion PC hatchback.

About eight deputies responded and apprehended Singh in the 15600 block of Union Road, Schoening said.

Fire District 6 firefighters responded, as did American Ambulance Response. The boy, whose first name was not released, was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and released. He is the son of Steven and Cody Deluca.

Singh, who had allegedly been alone in the car, was arrested for vehicular assault and felony hit and run. He was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for injuries.

Alcohol was suspected as a factor in the crash.