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Report: Driver who struck mother, children, was not suspected of being under the influence

Police responding crash involving pedestrian at elementary school in west El Paso (Source: CBS4)

The police report for the Tippin Elementary School incident that killed a mother and injured three students states that the driver responsible was not suspected of using alcohol or drugs so he was not tested for them.

The report, released by the El Paso Police Department, shows the area in which investigators mark whether the offender is suspected of using, drugs, alcohol, or an electronic device, as “n/a.”

According to the report, six vehicles were hit, including the vehicle driven by Roger Hawkins, the driver who struck and killed Kharisma Ashlee James, 33, and injured her two children, ages 6 and 7, and 10-year-old student Athindra Satish Kumar.

Hawkins was not charged with any crimes.

The tragic accident happened last Monday on the first day of classes in the school’s parking lot.

EPISD Police Chief Victor Araiza said Hawkins struck a vehicle when he was pulling out of a parking space. He said Hawkins seemed disoriented and continued out, striking the three children.

Witnesses said James stepped in to try and help the children and that’s when she was struck by Hawkins' vehicle.

The police report states that James was pronounced dead at the scene. Her two children were taken to Providence Memorial and have since been released.

Kumar was taken to University Medical Center where he is being treated for a punctured lung and rib fractures.

Kumar’s father spoke to the media Friday and said his son is currently unconscious but is recovering.

The incident remains under investigation.

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