SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A Valley mother says she plans to sue the driver who hit her and her daughter while crossing a street last week in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale police released video of the incident on Thursday, which shows the disturbing scene of the mother and her 4-year-old daughter in a stroller getting hit on May 9.
You can see it in the video attached to this story.
Regina Aldan, who only speaks Spanish, says she was attempting to cross the intersection when her light changed from green to red. Aldan was halfway across the street, but instead of waiting at the median she began to run as cars took off on the green light.
ABC15 reported on the incident after the pair was struck around 1 p.m. in the intersection of 90th Street and Shea Boulevard.
The video from a red light enforcement camera shows the mother and daughter crossing Shea Boulevard from north to south in the crosswalk when the traffic signal for east-to-west traffic turned green.
The video then shows a black GMC SUV going eastbound, hitting the mother and running over the daughter without seriously injuring them.
Police say it appears the driver of the black SUV couldn't see the pedestrians because of a large-profile vehicle next to her.
Aldan and her daughter were both transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
“I hurt my right shoulder,“ she said. “It hit me hard and I was thrown to the pavement and she was in front of me in the stroller.”
Aldan tells ABC15 her daughter walked away with some road rash and now both have a big fear of intersections.
“Now I'm afraid to cross the street, and she doesn't even want to leave,” said Aldan. “She's so scared from the accident, she's scared it's going to happen again.”
The unidentified driver was issued a civil citation at the scene, but police say it was later dismissed based on the video.
Police wrote the following statement regarding the incident:
Given the new evidence presented by the video, the investigating officer has requested the original citation given to the SUV driver be dismissed. The video shows the pedestrians run into the path of the vehicle that was so close that it was difficult for the driver to yield.
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