CLEARWATER, Fla. – A Florida man who was driving a motorcycle with his young stepdaughter in his lap is facing several charges after she was seriously injured when he ran a stop sign and laid down his bike to avoid hitting a car, police said.
The 17-month-old girl was propelled underneath the car that Dontrell Stanley, 35, nearly hit on Thursday, Clearwater police said in a tweet. He was arrested early Friday on charges of child neglect and operating a motorcycle without a license.
The baby was taken to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg where she was in critical but stable condition, police said.
Stanley was also taken to a hospital for treatment.
He was booked into jail early Friday. Jail records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney to represent him.
This is Dontrell Stanley, the motorcyclist who crashed Thursday evening while having a 17-month-old girl riding along in his lap. He's been charged with neglect of a child with great bodily harm and having no valid driver's license. He's in the Pinellas County Jail this morning. pic.twitter.com/8NDongtm5m— Clearwater Police Department (@myclearwaterPD) April 9, 2021