Phoenix crash sends two children to hospital, driver takes off

PHOENIX - A Phoenix family was injured and hospitalized when they were struck by a truck while crossing the street Sunday morning. Now the mom may face criminal charges.

Two children, ages two and five, were seriously injured and transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital after they were struck by a white pick-up truck while crossing the road with their mother at 37th Avenue and Camelback Road, said Lt. Emile Sapon, Phoenix Police Department. The family was in the crosswalk at the time of the crash.

The children suffered head injuries and the 2-year-old was slipping in-and-out of consciousness, according to police. Both children are expected to make a full recovery.

The mother went to confront the driver, 23-year-old David Hernandez-Gomez, when he fled the scene in his white pick-up truck, said Sapon. The mother then left the kids and hopped in the car of a witness to follow the driver.

The driver was located near 42nd and Oregon avenues and was questioned by police. When the mom returned, the children were being treated by paramedics.

Police said the mother eventually became upset and threw a metal trash can lid at a fire truck cracking the windshield. She faces a charge of criminal damage.

The driver of the vehicle was later booked into jail on a charge of leaving the scene of an injury collision.


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