Driver told police he was drunk after hitting women, children in Boone County town

Kenneth Long (Boone County Sheriff's Department photo)
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ADVANCE, Ind. (WTHR) — Court documents released on a driver who hit five pedestrians, including young children show he admitted to police that he was drunk.

Kenneth Long of Lebanon faces multiple charges in Boone County after his red Chevy Cavalier struck Melody Thomas, 47, and her 23-year-old daughter Jenna Thomas, as well as Jenna’s eight-month-old son Carson Dillon and Melody’s twin toddler granddaughters.

None of them have serious injuries. Melody suffered a minor concussion and bumps and bruises from the impact with the windshield.

They were walking west on Wall Street to Jawbone BBQ, a food stand, meat shop and catering business at the corner of Wall and Main streets.

Melody Thomas and her granddaughters and Jenna Thomas and her son are recovering from their injuries. (Photos: Brad Thomas)

Melody and Jenna were pushing the toddlers in strollers and Jenna was holding Carson when they were struck from behind on the grass just off the road around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. Jenna also hit the windshield and suffered an elbow injury. Her infant son was knocked from her arms in the impact. Carson Dillon suffered facial injuries. The car fender may have contacted the stroller, but the twins were not injured.

Long is preliminarily charged with Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated, Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury accident and Causing Serious Bodily Injury When Operating A Motor Vehicle while intoxicated. All those are felonies. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says blood and urine samples indicate Long had marijuana in his system combined with a blood alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.

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