Girl, 6, critical after being hit by drunk driver

June 29, 2011 5:24:03 AM PDT
A 6-year-old girl was struck and critically injured by an allegedly drunk driver while crossing a Queens street Tuesday night.

Police say Zanaya Smith was playing on the sidewalk, outside her grandfather's house, when she suddenly ran into the street just before 8:15 p.m.

She was struck by a passing car, a dark blue SUV, near the intersection of 104th Avenue and 168th Place.

She was rushed to Long Island Jewish Medical Center in critical condition.

The driver, 53-year-old Kent Lowrie, was charged with vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated.