Valley mom, baby survive hit-and-run crash

Posted at 9:35 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 13:49:50-05

A Valley mother is reliving the moment she thought she lost everything.

Lori Misquez admits she was distracted while crossing the street near MC85 and 4th Street in Avondale Monday night.

When she looked up, she saw headlights and watched her baby in a stroller go flying through the air.

“It keeps replaying in my head,” Misquez said.

She says she wishes she could have gotten out of the way when the SUV drove straight for her.

“It happened in a matter of seconds,” Misquez said.

She was crossing the street with her boyfriend and he told her to watch out, but by then it was too late.

“I got hit. I tried to move the stroller. She came flying out and hit the side of the curb,” Misquez said.

The SUV hit Lauren and her 1-year-old before taking off. “I didn’t even think about looking at the license plate or the color of the car," Misquez said.

All she wanted to do was check on her little girl. “She wasn’t breathing at first. I started calling her name.”

Finally Nayeli cries brought tears of joy to this 18-year-old mom. 

“I just kept crying knowing that she was actually alive and not dead,” Misquez said.

Knowing her baby was O.K., Misquez had to check herself. Barely showing, she is two months pregnant and feared the worse.

But now, 24 hours later, knowing that she and both children are okay, she wonders how anyone could just drive away after hitting someone, especially a child.

“Please turn yourself in, you will make things worse if you don’t," Misquez said.

Police are looking for a black SUV with possible front-end damage.