Kasey Ryan Gunnarson, 38, was arrested on Halloween night after a trio of neighbors kept him from fleeing the scene after he ran over a young boy, who was out trick-or-treating near the intersection of North Ninth and North I streets.
The boy was crossing the street holding his father’s hand when he was hit by the Toyota 4Runner driven by Gunnarson, charging documents said. The father was brushed by the car, but not injured, according to Tacoma Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool.
The boy was taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in critical condition with a fractured skull, missing teeth and bruises “from head to toe,” according to charging documents. He remained in critical condition Tuesday, according to hospital spokeswoman Marce Edwards.
A woman who was driving north on North I Street said she stopped her car at the road’s intersection with North Ninth Street to let a group of people cross. As the group of people reached the middle of the street, the woman said she saw a car coming south on North I Street.
Then she saw the car hit the child. The car continued a bit before stopping. While Danielle and Michael Lester had just crossed the street with their two children and nephew when they saw Gunnarson’s car heading their direction.
“I actually saw the little boy fly through the air. It sounded like somebody hit a garbage can,” Danielle Lester said.
She then ran over and stood in front of the car to keep Gunnarson from leaving. “He was revving his engine and bumping against me,” Danielle said.
As she told Gunnarson “No, I’m not going anywhere,” Michael Lester saw what was happening and ran over to help. At the same time another neighbor, Kenneth Hines came over to stop Gunnarson from running away.
“It took a second for him to stop revving his engine and then he tried to bail,” Danielle said.
Michael then pulled out a concealed carry firearm, which he was carrying and used it to keep Gunnarson from running. “I basically did a citizen’s arrest,” he said. “He can’t get away after hitting a kid.”