April 22, 2013
RIVERSIDE, California – Roadways have become racing tracks for irresponsible drivers. Take the case of a 4-year old girl who was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition last Monday. According to the police, the car she was riding in was sideswiped by another car believed to be street racing in Riverside.
Riverside police were informed by witnesses that at around 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, they saw a Ford 2008 Mustang and an old orange version of an Acura Integra that were running at top speed along Magnolia Avenue northbound and coming to Nelson Street.
Around the same time, the Chevrolet Malibu was at a stop sign waiting to turn towards Magnolia Avenue. As the Malibu vehicle was pulling out, it was struck by the Mustang.
Carlie Rodriguez, the 4-year-old girl, was in her booster seat at the back of the car. Due to the impact, she was seriously injured and delivered immediately by ambulance to the University Medical Center of Loma Linda. Her father, who was driving the vehicle, was not injured.
A witness, identified as Scott Gundurm, related that after the crush, they saw the driver got out of the car, approached the other vehicle and started shouting dirty words at the people inside the car blaming them for the mishap. When he noticed that there was an injured girl on the ground, he fled and left the scene.
The police learned later that the Mustang was a stolen vehicle that was parked at the intersection of Madison and Evans St. less than two miles away, a few moments before the crash.
Witnesses also reported that the driver of the car that was racing with the Mustang did not also stop but continued driving towards Magnolia Avenue.
Christina Perez, the girl’s aunt, said that Carlie had now a drain in her brain right now and the medical staff is monitoring her blood pressure closely.
It was a little before 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon of Monday that the accident occurred at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Nelson Street in Riverside.
It was a stolen Ford 2008 Mustang racing with an older orange sports car that hit the Chevy Malibu carrying Carlie. The little girl was critically injured and rushed to the Loma Linda U Medical Center. Her father, who was driving the car, did not suffer any injury.
The police is now on the look-out for the Mustang operator described as a Hispanic male, in his mid-to-late 20s sporting a shoulder-length dark hair. He had on a white shirt and black pants.
Sgt. Skip Stowalter said that since the street race involved both vehicles, even the one not hitting the Mustang, will be held responsible for whatever happened.
The accident is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Det. Prince at (951) 826-8722.
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Source: ABC Local Go Com (http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/inland_empire&id=9075323)