Dexter Mitchell, 52, crashed into the three pedestrians while they crossed Bridge Street heading toward downtown Salem at around 8:00 p.m. local time. After striking the mother and twins, Mitchell fled the scene of the wreck.
Witnesses say Mitchell pulled into a parking lot nearby and dumped a partially empty 12-pack of beer into a dumpster, according to The Salem News. He then parked and approached an officer directing traffic, telling him that he was the driver in the pedestrian crash.
Mitchell faces charges including drunken driving causing serious injury, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, and failing to yield to a pedestrian. He plead not guilty to these charges on Monday, reports The Salem News.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die every day in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. Here are additional facts about drunk and impaired driving: