PD: Driver arrested in hit-and-run case that injured mother, 3-year-old near Cincinnati zoo

Posted at 12:54 AM, Nov 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-28 09:32:52-05

CINCINNATI -- The driver accused of hitting a woman and her young daughter near the Cincinnati Zoo Saturday was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Donteiz Romond Dickey, 22, faces charges after police say he struck Joy White, 27, and her 3-year-old daughter, Khloe Pitts, as they were crossing the street to go to the zoo’s PNC Festival of Lights. Police said Dickey fled the scene and abandoned his vehicle on a nearby street.


Dickey faces two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of failing to stop after an accident.

Police said Dickey was headed south on Vine Street in a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse "in a reckless manner" when he passed another car, ran a red light and hit White and her daughter at 9:13 p.m. Saturday near the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

White told WCPO that she doesn't have any broken bones, but her legs and hips are swollen and she is unable to walk. She said her daughter is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

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Dickey is appeared in court for arraignment at 9 a.m. Monday. Cincinnati police officers say speed appears to have been a factor in this crash, but no information on impairment was available.

The Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation, and any witnesses to this crash are asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (513) 352-2514.