West St. Paul girl in critical condition after dragged by van
An 11-year-old, West St. Paul girl was struck and dragged by a van Sunday night, putting her in critical condition, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/16575869.htm)
She was dragged for nearly one-third of a mile until another driver was able to stop the van. The girl, Gladys Reyes, suffered from severe burns and is currently in Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
The man who dragged her is Mauricio Sanchez, who fled the scene of the accident and is facing multiple charges, including criminal vehicular operation and driving with a suspended license.
David Carrera was the driver who forced Sanchez to stop. Carrera was driving with his family when he witnessed the accident. He called the police and then drove aside the van to slow it down. After that failed, he pulled in front of the van and slowed down.
Carrera forced the van to pull into a parking lot. Once the van stopped, Reyes was 12 feet away from the van, according to reports from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. (http://www.startribune.com/467/story/966690.html)
Police dogs were used to apprehend Sanchez. Blood tests indicate that it was unlikely that Sanchez was intoxicated.
The Pioneer Press article takes a narrative approach through most of the story, going into great detail about how the girl was dragged and how Carrera was able to stop the van. It uses quotes from the West St. Paul Police Chief and from Carrera, but it doesn't overuse them. It paraphrases in order to paint a better picture of how the incident transpired. In contrast, the Star Tribune focuses more heavily on the aftermath of the accident. It goes into more detail about the reponse of Reyes' middle school and the consequences for Sanchez. The article takes a more personal approach, quoting Reyes's principal and neighbors. Carrera's viewpoint of the accident is told more in quotes, rather than paraphrasing into a narrative.