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Driver identified in accident that injured 3-year-old ETX child

UPDATE: HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Henderson County Sheriff's office has identified the driver of the white Chevy Suburban as Shannon Lee Murray, 47.

Investigators conclude that the three-year-old child was playing in the driveway of a residence off of Skyline Drive when the Murray turned into the driveway and struck the child.

Murray was taken to ETMC-Athens where a search warrant allowing for an examination of his blood was served. Officials say at this time, it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol were a contributing factor in the incident, and criminal charges are pending on the determination.

Authorities also say Murray was involved in an "unrelated altercation" about an hour before striking the child with his vehicle.

CHANDLER, TX (KLTV) - A three-year-old little girl is in the hospital this evening after being hit by a car.

Her family lives in Sunrise Shores off of 315 North in Chandler.

"We received a page out between 5:00 and 5:15 pm that a three-year-old had been struck by a vehicle," says Doug Nicholson, Chief of West Side Volunteer Fire Department.

He says a helicopter landed on nearby tennis courts and then flew the child to ETMC in Tyler.

Dora Kern has lived in Sunrise Shores for about seven years and was home when the helicopter landed just around the corner from her house.

"My grandson lives with me and he said, 'Granny, there's all kinds of flashing lights and stuff out there on the road.' So we walked outside and saw the police cars and the ambulance and then I heard the helicopter coming in," she says.

She says they have always had problems with cars driving too fast.

"Not too long ago we had a man run the stop sign and turn a church bus over at that same intersection driving too fast," she says.

Dora is recovering from a recent surgery and uses a walker to walk. She says she was already hesitant about walking in the neighborhood and this accident only heightens her nerves.

"I am really leery about how some of the cars come down the road with me trying to walk because I couldn't get out of the way real fast," she says.

This accident hits home in more ways than one:she has six three-year-old great grandchildren.

"It's hard when anyone has been in an accident, but when it is a child it is so hard. I just hope the little girl gets alright and all my prayers are for her and her family," she says.

A prayer that will be shared by many.

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