Driver charged with DUI in crash that injured Portsmouth teen

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A man is facing DUI and hit-and-run charges after a crash that injured a teenage boy Saturday in Portsmouth.

Detective Misty Holley with the Portsmouth Police Department said a 13-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle on Greenwood Drive near George Washington Highway around 6:43 p.m. She said the teen was walking with friends when he was hit.

“The friends heard something, turned and looked behind them, saw the van coming towards them and then they jumped out of the way and the victim was unable to jump out of the way quick enough before Mr. Enriquez hit him,” Holley said.

Holley said the driver of the van did not stop after hitting the teenager, but continued driving until he crashed into another vehicle that was parked on the side of the road. The driver, identified as 36-year-old Hector M. Enriquez, stayed at the scene of the crash, and was taken into police custody.

Portsmouth resident Ron Mills was in his Greenwood Drive home when he heard a loud crash. He told WAVY News’ Jason Marks he rushed outside, only to see that a van had smashed into his neighbor’s car parked along the road.

“The van had pushed the car from here up into the yard,” added Mills.

The car was pushed about 10 feet up the street. The impact so great, it tore the van’s wheel and axle right off.

“The guy was trying to drive away, but his wheel had came off so he couldn’t go no where,” said Mills.

What Mills didn’t know at the time was that the driver of the van had hit something about a block away.

“Somebody in a black SUV came and told us he just hit a kid down the street,” Mills explained.

Witnesses told WAVY News 10 it looked like the 13-year-old victim suffered several broken bones, including both legs. The 13-year-old boy sustained serious injuries. On Monday, Holley said the teen is still in the hospital, but doing much better. He is in stable condition — expected to make a full recovery.

 

“It is kind of scary how people just hit children and just leave,” Mills said. “All the irresponsible people out here just drinking and driving and just hit the kid and leave. [The suspect] was intoxicated, because when I looked at him he looked like he was tore up.”

Police said charged Enriquez with DUI and felony hit and run.

WAVY/Jake Ellis
WAVY/Jake Ellis
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