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Chandler PD searching for hit-and-run driver who hit mom, child in stroller

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Oct 22, 2021

CHANDLER, AZ — Chandler police are looking for a driver who hit a mom and child and then drove away.

It happened around 2:20 p.m. Thursday at California and Tulsa streets, near Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard, police said.

Authorities released surveillance video which shows the suspect’s vehicle, described as a white or gray two-door Ford Mustang, heading westbound on Tulsa Street.

During an investigation, detectives learned a mother was pushing a small child in a stroller on the sidewalk when the vehicle lost control on California Street and hit them.

They were both taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to Chandler police.

After hitting the mom and child, the driver hit a block wall and a tree before driving away from the area.

Now the homeowners are left cleaning up the mess after the crash rammed into their wall.

“You never know what’s going to happen. Right?” said Hamilton Ruiz.

Hamilton says his father-in-law called him over to help rebuild part of the destroyed wall in their backyard.

The homeowner told ABC15, after the crash, shattered cinder blocks and even the stroller ended up in their backyard.

Now, this community is demanding justice for the victims.

“Prayers go out to the family,” Hamilton told ABC15.

Maribel Rodriguez, a mother of four, still can’t wrap her head around what happened.

“How can somebody do that to someone... I’m just really shocked, to be honest," said Rodriguez. She tells ABC15 she has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years, and will now be extra cautious when going out for a walk with her children, “It’s so sad that there [are] people out there who are driving around, careless about humans.”

“Definitely turn yourself in. Have some compassion,” added Rodriguez.

The Chandler Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the driver and Ford Mustang.

If anyone has information to assist in this investigation, please contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130.