Police: Hanford woman flees after striking a pedestrian while driving drunk with kids inside


Desiree Monique Parker, 32 (Hanford Police Department)

HANFORD, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A Hanford woman was arrested Thursday evening after driving into a pedestrian at a Hanford intersection and running away from the scene while drunk with her two children inside the car, police said.

Hanford Police responded to the area of a Smart and Final parking lot, near Lacey Boulevard and Wilson Lane, around 7 p.m. for reports of a two-door black Pontiac that struck a pedestrian and fled the scene, Spokesman Gregory Freiner said. Officers found the vehicle nearby and spoke to the driver.

Officers could smell alcohol on Desiree Monique Parker’s breath, Freiner said. They searched her car and found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Two children, aged four and two, were also in the vehicle with Parker, he said.

Officers found the victim face down on the ground covered in blood, Freiner said. He was unable to talk or move and was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center after suffering serious head injuries and possible brain hemorrhaging.

Freiner said Parker, 32, was arrested for DUI causing injury, injury-hit and run, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her children were turned over to Kings County Child Protective Services.

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