Boy hit by alleged drunken driver dies

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2008

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks boy who was hit by an alleged drunken driver while riding his Big Wheel has died suddenly at a Seattle hospital.

Four-year-old Phillip Lara was hit in August and had been recovering when he went into cardiac arrest Monday at Seattle Children's Hospital.

The boy was playing with his father, Edward, when he died. Edward Lara said his son was sitting in a chair next to the bed playing LEGOS when his heart stopped.

The driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old Jessica Paul of Fairbanks, was arrested on drunken driving charges. She also was charged with first-degree assault and other charges.

Paul is in the Fairbanks Correctional Center awaiting trial.

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