4-year-old injured when car crashes into home in Parma, Ohio
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4-year-old injured when car crashes into home in Parma, Ohio

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PARMA, Ohio (WJW) — A Cleveland man has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that allegedly involved drunk driving and killed a 4-year-old girl.


According to a police report released Tuesday, police responded just after 9:30 p.m. on July 4 at the corner of West 54th Street and Velma Avenue.

4-year-old injured when car crashes into home in Parma, Ohio
(Parma Fire Department)
Zachary M. Pettry (Parmes Police Department)

Zachary M. Pettry, 32, of Cleveland, was charged with vehicular assault and driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Police found Pettry’s Ford Taurus on the front lawn of the home, and a 4-year-old girl was lying on the ground nearby, surrounded by several first aid workers. She had a large cut above her right eye and was bleeding heavily from the head, according to the report.

Firefighters transported her to the hospital. There is no information about her condition.

According to the report, officers found Pettry crumpled on the dashboard, bleeding profusely from a large gash on his forehead that exposed his skull. While trying to stop the bleeding, the officer detected alcohol on his breath.

Pettry had difficulty answering officers’ questions and told one officer he thought he was in “Florida,” according to the report. On the way to the hospital, he told police he had been drinking at a friend’s house.

Witnesses driving on West 54th Street told police that Pettry was at fault in the crash. They said they saw his sedan traveling northbound “at a high rate of speed” in the center turn lane, passing other vehicles. He then struck the back of an SUV, causing it to spin and hit a tree.

According to the report, two occupants of the SUV told police they were fine, but the driver complained of back pain.

Inside Pettry’s vehicle, officers found a pill bottle believed to contain Adderall and a soda, according to the report.

Pettry pleaded not guilty during a Monday arraignment, Parma Municipal Court records show. He posted 10 percent of his $100,000 bail.

His case has been referred to a Cuyahoga County grand jury for possible indictment.