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New Albany man arrested after pregnant woman, 2 children hit by SUV near Yum! Center

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Charges have been filed against the driver of an SUV accused of hitting a pregnant mother and her two children outside the Yum! Center Thursday night -- and court documents reveal that it's not the first time he's been accused of DUI.
Russell B. Mullins, 64, faces charges including DUI, three counts of Assault 1st degree, and two counts of Wanton Endangerment 1st degree. 

WDRB has learned that Mullins has been charged with DUI six times before--five times in Jefferson County, Indiana and one time in New Albany, Indiana, although we do not know the outcomes of the cases. The charge in New Albany happened in April and the case is pending. According to an arrest report, police found Mullins slumped over his steering wheel after he crashed his car on April 27. Police say Mullins admitted to drinking shortly before the crash, and was unable to provide proof of insurance. He also has previous convictions in Jefferson County for cocaine possession.

Thursday night, Sara Neathamer and her two children were crossing the street in a crosswalk near Third and Main about 9:30 p.m. following a "Disney on Ice" show at the arena. Witnesses tell WDRB the driver ran a red light.

Neathamer was 6 months pregnant and was taken to University hospital where she delivered her baby prematurely.  Her two children, ages three and six, were taken to Kosair Children's Hospital.

According to Louisville Metro Police, both the mother and the newborn are listed in stable condition at University Hospital. The 3-year-old and the 6-year-old children remain hospitalized at Kosair Children's Hospital in serious, but stable, condition. One has a broken limb, and the other has a head injury with a concussion, police say.

Louisville Metro Police say they will not provide any further updates on the conditions of the victims, unless they change for the worse.

William Robinson was nearby and tried to help the family.

"I ran out to the scene," Robinson said. "I was one of the first ones to the scene and ran up to some of the family members. I held her little daughter and was trying to help out where I could, but to have an event like tonight and have the tragic outcome was very disheartening."

This isn't the first time this year that this area has been the scene of a pedestrian accident. In June, a woman was killed after being hit by a concrete truck at 2nd and Main Streets, as she walked to work on a weekday morning. 
 
Louisville received a more than $300,000 grant earlier this year because the city has one of the highest pedestrian death rates in the country.

"I've had a few close calls running on the sidewalks," said Kamille Bauer, a runner. "Cars come out of parking garages -- I have to stop and let them go. Some people just don't look before they turn. You just have to be on your guard at all times. You have to be the defensive runner."

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