A 4-year-old girl was rushed the hospital after being injured in a Riverside hit-and-run racing accident Monday afternoon. Authorities are searching for those responsible for injuring the young girl.
As of Tuesday the young girl, Carlie Rodriguez, remained in critical condition at Loma Linda University Medical Center with major head trauma. Her family remained by her side, alert to the situation and hoping that it gets better.
“She’s got a drain in her brain right now. Some other lines that are monitoring her blood pressure and things like that,” Christina Perez, Rodriguez’s aunt, told reporters.
On Monday momements before 2 p.m. on the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Nelson Street in Riverside, Carlie was sitting in a booster seat of a Chevy Malibu that was coming off of a stop sign, like it usually did. She enjoying the drive but would not have anticipated what happened next.
Out of nowhere, according to witnesses, a 2008 Ford Mustang that was racing an older orange sports car slammed into the Chevy and seriously injured Carlie, all within seconds. Witnesses then took note of the scene and contacted authorities.
Det. Rick Prince said in a statement that the driver of the Mustang, a vehicle that was reported stolen, then stopped “and checked on the occupants of the Malibu and then fled on foot, leaving the Mustang behind.”
When emergency personnel arrived at the scene, they rushed the injured girl to the hospital, where she remained for medical attention.
Her father, the driver, was not injured, Riverside police told reporters.
Authorities said the driver of the sports car failed to stop and fled the scene. When he is found, he can face serious consequences for leaving the scene of the Riverside racing car accident.
“Anytime a street race is involved both vehicles including the non-contact vehicle will be held responsible for whatever took place here,” Sgt. Skip Stowalter reminded reporters.
Currently, authorities are working on the case, studying evidence and interviewing witnesses. They have not released other details regarding the wreck that injured the 4-year-old girl.
Racing on a public street can place innocent bystanders in unnecessary danger.
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