Mom of 4 among the injured in 9th Ward ATV crash

NOPD charges man with DWI, after four injured in ATV crash

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans East mother of four is recovering from injuries she received Sunday after being struck by an all terrain vehicle driven by a man police said was drunk.

Four others were injured at the Ninth Ward second line.

"They called us and told us she got run over," said Anita Shelly, the aunt of one of the victims.

Shelly said she got the call shortly after the ATV careened into a crowd.

"It's too dangerous," said victim Leonka Shelly. "They shouldn't be out there. They had kids. Anybody could have got killed."

Leonka Shelly is being treated at University Medical Center for a broken leg.

"My ankles, the pain, it hurts so bad," she said.

Police said the ATV was operated by 31-year-old Earl Guy, who registered a .153 alcohol  level - nearly twice the legal limit.

"He was charged for DWI, but he was also charged with first-degree vehicular negligent injury and negligent injury," said Lt. Anthony Micheu, head of the NOPD's Traffic Division.

Micheu said police were on duty as the second line broke up and had tried to stop Guy before the crash.

"The individual disregarded the officers' request to turn over the vehicle, and he decided to flee the scene," Micheu said.

The St. Claude Avenue incident was just the latest in a series of incidents in which ATVs are being recklessly driven on the streets of the French Quarter and in the Ninth Ward. A FOX 8 employee shot video of ATV drivers operating nearby about an hour before the St. Claude crash.

"At this point, we do everything in our power to get them off the streets, but without the outrage of the citizens, we are only as good as the public in finding these vehicles," Micheu said.

One of the other victims sustained a broken collar bone. Police said none of the injuries was life-threatening.

Guy is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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