12-year-old girl hit, seriously injured by accused drunk driver in South Boston

BOSTON (WHDH) - Police in South Boston arrested a man after they said he hit a 12-year-old girl with his car.

Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police arrested Richard Higgins, 78, of Attleboro, just before 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

This was his third offense of operating under the influence of alcohol.

Police said initial reports indicate Higgins was driving a Ford Explorer on Old Colony Avenue when he lost control of the car, swerved right and struck the girl.

Authorities said the girl was walking her bike across the street. It is unclear if she was at a crosswalk, police said.

Higgins also crashed into several other cars on Old Colony Avenue after hitting the girl.

The girl was transported to Tufts Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, Higgins initially failed to stop, but officials were able to get him to do so at a nearby rotary.

He was arrested and now faces multiple charges including OUI, third offense, leaving the scene of a crash, and two additional charges.

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