Man arrrested after son injured in drag race

Valentine Duran-Ciprian, 25, faces several charges

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis man faces neglect and other charges after police said his 2-year-old son was seriously injured when the man's car crashed during a drag race.

Valentine Duran-Ciprian, 25, was held without bond in the Marion County Jail on initial charges including neglect, criminal recklessness and engaging in a speed contest.

He was arrested Saturday after his car collided with an oncoming vehicle during an alleged drag race, leaving him with head wounds, police said.

"We knew we were going to crash. All of a sudden, I saw white. It had to have been the air bag going off," said Gail Barber, who was in the car that was struck. "I told my husband, 'I thought I had died and gone to heaven.' It was very frightening."

The boy was on the car's front passenger seat not sitting in a child car seat when the cars collided, police said. He was hospitalized with serious injuries.

"I think it was just a couple of people being really negligent, especially the driver of the car whose son was taken to the hospital," said Indianapolis police spokesman Officer Michael Hewitt. "I can't imagine doing that. That's just extremely negligent and unacceptable."

Indiana law requires car seats or booster seats for children younger than age 8.

Barber said she's glad Duran-Ciprian's son survived.

"It was so unneccesary. It's heart breaking to know that his son was hurt and that he was  unrestrained," she said. "I can't fathom that because I have a 2-year-old granddaughter. It just breaks my heart."

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