UPDATE: Graham Police release statement about six-year-old run over by a car in Graham

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UPDATE: April 5, 2021 11:57 p.m.

More is now known about an incident where a car ran over a 6-old-year Graham boy.

According to a press release from the Graham Police Department, at approximately 8:06 p.m. on March 31, 2021, officers of the Graham Police Department responded to a “vehicle vs. bicycle accident” in the 800 block of Kentucky Street.

When officers arrived on scene they learned that a Kinsler Dobbs had ridden into the street on an electric bicycle. As the child was crossing the road from one driveway to another driveway, he was struck by a car.

After completing the investigation and speaking to one of Kinsler’s parents, officers learned that Kinsler rides the electric bike in the street at times. The parent told officers that he has spoken Kinsler about this in the past

A witness reported seeing the child riding the electric bike in the street on more than one occasion.

The vehicle that struck the child was being operated by Iris Castro Martinez, 23 of Graham, who did not have a valid driver’s license.

According to the release, the setting sun caused limited visibility at the time of the incident and the bike had no reflectors or lights.

The parent told officers he was inside his residence when the incident occurred, and another child told him about the incident.

The parent reported that he ran out to the street, picked the Kinsler up and took him to the hospital.

The driver was issued a citation for no driver’s license.

According to the release, Martinez complied with all the requirements of the law after the accident occurred.


GRAHAM (KFDX/KJTL) — A six-year-old Graham boy is at home recovering after a car ran him over, leaving him with multiple injuries including lacerations to his kidney and liver.

First-grader Kinsler Dobbs was outside on his dirt bike playing with his friends, like usual, when his parents say a car ran him over.

Tyleena, Kinsler’s mom, said the driver who they later found was unlicensed, did not slow down until it made its way fully over Kinsler.

Both Tyleena and Kinsler’s dad Tucker said they are outraged that nothing has been done.

“He [the officer] only did an incident report with her, he took my phone number but he didn’t call for an incident report, he didn’t ask the neighbors, just her took her word for it and that was it,” Tyleena Dobbs said.

Kinsler, whose 7th birthday is in a few days also suffered a broken rib and a broken arm among many more injuries.

The Dobbs family is asking for the community’s support to cover medical expenses during this tough time, find those details here.

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