Man arrested on DUII, meth possession and other charges after striking two small children in Salem cul-de-sac

A 40-year-old man is in jail after hitting two small children with his truck, and trying to leave the scene Wednesday afternoon, according to a release from Salem Police Department.

At 1:49 p.m., Aug. 2, officers were called to the 2200 block of Navaho Ct. SE in Salem to a report of two small children being struck by a vehicle.

The scene on Navaho Ct. SE in Salem on Aug. 2, 2017 after Casper Ankin, 40, allegedly struck two small children with his truck and tried to leave the scene. Photo courtesy of Salem Police Department.

Officers were fielding multiple calls from people in the area, and learned the driver of the truck had gotten involved in a physical altercation with other people in the area.

When officers arrived, they learned a girl, 3, and a boy, 5, had been playing in the sidewalk when they were struck by a 2007 Ford truck backing out of a driveway.

The driver of the truck, Casper Ankin, 40, allegedly tried to leave the scene after hitting the children, but bystanders detained him until police arrived.

Both children were taken to a local hospital for treatment of what are believed not to be life-threatening injuries.

Ankin was arrested and taken to Marion County Jail on charges of DUII, reckless driving, two counts of third-degree assault, two felony counts of hit and run, and possession of methamphetamine.

At the time of this writing, Ankin’s booking photo is not available.