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Valley mom speaks on 2-year-old hurt in hit-and-run crash near 19th Ave and Glendale

Posted at 5:30 PM, Feb 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-23 09:21:58-05

PHOENIX — Two-year-old Jayden Garcia is in a hospital recovering from head injuries, a broken pelvis, a bleeding liver, and fractured wrists after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver Sunday.

“I wake up every day hoping it’s a dream and it’s not. The fact that he got hit and dragged, it hurts me because it wasn’t supposed to be like that.” said Tyliah Green, Jayden's mother.

Her once-healthy son is now in Phoenix Children’s hospital. Hooked up to feeding tubes and machines, the Jayden is recovering after being hit by a car Sunday night at the light rail near 19th and Glendale avenues.

“I can’t even look at a stroller or talk about one without feeling sick to my stomach because he doesn’t deserve this,” said Green.

Police say the driver of that car was 21-year-old Davorah Jerrice Ross.

Phoenix police say Ross ran a red light at a crosswalk, hitting Jayden, who was in a stroller as he was being pushed by his grandfather.

“She hit my son, the stroller was still going with the car,” stated Green. “He was already out of the stroller onto the concrete side of the walk.”

Jayden was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. His mother tells ABC15 he will have to re-learn to walk.

On Monday, Ross reported her car stolen. Court documents show that she learned Jayden was still alive and admitted she was the driver in the hit-and-run.

Ross told detectives she left the scene and hid her car because she was "scared."

“I could have lost my child because she didn’t want to stop, she didn’t want to turn on her lights,” said Green. “I can’t even hear him say, ‘I love you mommy,’ right now because he’s on the machine."

Ross is in jail on a $25,000 bond. Jayden will be in the hospital for a while and then will have to go through therapy.

A recovery fund has been set up to help Jayden's family.