Toddler critically injured when car slams Huntsville apartment

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy was critically injured when a car slammed into a Huntsville apartment then sped away.

Police said the child, Kelvin Harris, was playing on a fenced-in patio while his parents were watching television inside just a few feet away.

The crash happened around 1:15 p.m. Saturday.

A speeding car jumped the curve, crashed into the patio, smashed right through the sliding door, and pinned the toddler in between the glass.

Then the driver threw the car in reverse and left the scene. Police later found the vehicle, but made no immediate arrest as the search for the driver continued.

The injured child’s great uncle, Carl Harris, said the baby had ‘‘a few broken ribs, a lacerated liver and one of his lungs collapsed.’’ He was taken to Huntsville Hospital.

Harris said it was ‘‘a horrific thing to happen, but we believe he will be OK. We just ask for everyone’s prayers.’’

The crash scene at The Gables apartment complex is directly in front of a Huntsville fire station.

Tonya Smart, who lives nearby, said she was on a pay phone when she saw the crash.

‘‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It freaked me out,’’ she said.

Police appealed for the public’s help in locating the driver of the vehicle. Tips can be called to 256-722-7100.