Child seriously injured in dad's alleged DUI crash - WSMV News 4

Child seriously injured in dad's alleged DUI crash

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Drunk behind the wheel with his daughter in the car. It has happened before.

Police said her dad is the reason she’s in the hospital now.

News4 obtained surveillance video that shows the scene of the crash minutes after it happened.

Detrich Cook had an interlock device on his car because of his prior DUI convictions.  

So instead police said Cook got on his motorcycle with his 12-year-old daughter on the back and, when Cook crashed, his daughter was thrown.

According to the affidavit, the child hit the pavement three times and is now at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in critical condition.

"Makes my heart hurt desperately. This is a child, an innocent victim that we hear of so many times, an innocent victim," said Phaedra Marriott-Olsen, the director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

News4 has learned this was Cook's 4th DUI arrest in Nashville and this wasn't the first time his daughter has been in a passenger.

Cook has been charged with DUI in Dickson County as well. 

"It's just something that hits you right in your gut because it's something that is 100  percent preventable," said Marriott-Olsen.

The DA's office in Nashville said Cook was convicted of his third DUI.

He then served 120 days in jail.

Marriott-Olsen said no one is to blame but Cook himself.

"At this point when you have someone who is continuing to break the law, who is choosing to put society at risk, himself at risk and his child, that's somebody that needs to be held accountable at the highest level," said Marriott-Olsen.

Cook remains in jail. His attorney has not returned our calls. 

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