PHOENIX - A Phoenix mother says the man who nearly killed her 7-month-old son better hope he never gets free from jail.
Police say Tracey Adams’ son Matthew was being pushed by his father in a stroller when a suspected drunk driver drove up onto the sidewalk and smashed into little Matthew near 43rd Avenue and McDowell Road.
The strolled was mangled and dragged underneath of the drunk driver's SUV with Mathew strapped into it. Although he was badly hurt, officers say if Mathew's dad had not strapped him in, the boy may have died.
The driver fled the scene but was chased down by two other people in a separate car Saturday night. The Good Samaritans trapped the suspect until police arrived to arrest him.
Mother Tracey said she could never forgive the man who hurt her baby boy. She had this message for him:
"You better hope that nothing will damage my son later on because you will pay for that price. I will push it and make sure you suffer the consequences because this could happen to somebody else's child, and we don't want that."
Mathew suffered fractures below his right eye, bruises, and internal bleeding in his brain, but doctors are hopeful he can make a full recovery.
The witnesses who chased the suspect down told ABC15 the suspect got out of his SUV and wiped blood off the front of his vehicle before driving off.
The unidentified driver was arrested and suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to police. He will also be charged with two counts of aggravated assault for hitting the baby and the father. More charges are likely to follow.
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