Valley hit-and-run victim shares survival story

Posted at 10:12 PM, Dec 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 07:18:42-05

The recovery continues for a teenager who was the victim of a hit-and-run crash in Apache Junction.

"I wanted him to die," 15-year-old Kayla Mix said when asked about her anger toward the suspect, 21-year-old Ricardo Redondo-Reyes.

"Maybe not... die, but get very hurt [so] he can feel the pain that I went through," Mix said.

Mix was walking home from work October 26 when Redondo-Reyes hit her at the intersection of Superstition Boulevard and Ironwood Drive, according to Apache Junction Police. Instead of stopping, Redondo-Reyes then drove off, police said.

"Yes," Mix replied when asked if she was left on the roadside to die. A passerby spotted her and called for help.

She suffered a brain injury and a broken leg; she spent a month in the hospital. She is using a wheelchair for now, and hopes to be able to walk again by mid-January. Her brain injury resulted in poorer short-term memory and forgetting some names, her mother, Athena Mix, said.

Redondo-Reyes could not be reached for comment. He is no longer in jail, according to online records. He initially faced charges including leaving the scene of a serious injury accident, failure to render aid, and tampering with physical evidence. 

Police alleged that Redondo-Reyes had begun body work on the vehicle involved in the crash before his arrest.