7-Week-Old Struck by Car, Driver Charged With DUI

Baby survives being sent flying 10 feet after being hit by alleged DUI driver.

A 7-week-old girl was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being sent 10 feet through the air after being hit by a driver suspected of being under the influence, Philadelphia Police said.

It all happened around 2:30 at Aramingo and Westmoreland Avenues in the Port Richmond section of the city.

Police say a father was pushing his baby daughter in a stroller when a light blue SUV traveling at a low rate of speed struck the carriage sending it -- and the girl -- flying through the air.

The injured baby was taken to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children where she was placed in critical condition, but later upgraded to stable condition. She suffered a bump on the head and is expected to be OK, cops said.

Her father wasn’t injured.

Cameras were rolling as Robert Thomas, 34, of New Britain was hauled off in handcuffs -- suspected of DUI, police confirmed.

It was unclear what the Thomas was allegedly on at the time of the crash.

A female passenger in the car won’t be charged, according to police.

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