St. Paul Police: Man Leaves Injured Children in Van after Crash

Updated: 07/01/2014 11:13 PM
Created: 07/01/2014 7:53 AM
By: Tim Sherno

St. Paul police are looking for the driver of a van who drove into a hole on Hazel Street overnight and left his children injured inside.

Crews were repairing a section of the street and had marked a hole that was 10 feet wide and 8 inches deep. Around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, a caller reported a van drove into the missing section of pavement.

Witnesses at the scene heard screaming from the vehicle. Officers found two children; ages 8 and 14 injured inside. They were taken to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Eight-year-old Almond, who loves wrestling, had a fractured femur bone and severed artery, according to family. They also say the sister, 14-year-old Amarya, who is an honor student, is not feeling her legs very much.

The driver of the van has been identified as 45-year-old Earl Ward, of St. Paul. Ward has been has been known to frequent the cities of Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, according to police.

Police say Ward is wanted for other crimes.

Anyone with information of Ward's whereabouts should call the St. Paul Police Traffic Unit at 651-266-5729.

Forty-five-year-old Earl Ward, of St. Paul, is accused of leaving scene of crash and his injuried children behind.
Photo: St. Paul Police Department
Photo: KSTP-TV/Jeff Ganahl
Photo: KSTP-TV/Jeff Ganahl

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