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Family recovering after being driven off the road by erratic driver in Tolleson

Posted: 10:03 PM, Sep 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-30 03:45:45Z

Three members of a Tolleson family remain hospitalized from a crash Sunday after being run off the road by an erratic driver. 

"I could see just a hue of purple from all the red and blue lights and it was just terrifying," Kristen Green told ABC15.

Green said she received a rushed call from her brother-in-law asking her to come to the scene, near 83rd Avenue and Buckeye Road. Paramedics rushed him, Green's sister and the family's four kids to the hospital after their SUV crashed into a ditch. They told Green a reckless driver was throwing bottles at the SUV and veered towards them, causing Green's brother-in-law to swerve. The driver, a man, left the area. 

"I couldn't understand how another human being can destroy a family like that because he didn't know that they were all still alive," Green said.

She said her sister, Harley Saunders, shattered both legs and have a "lengthy" recovery ahead. Harley's husband, Patrick, broke his hip and remains hospitalized after undergoing surgery on Thursday. The couple's 9-year-old daughter, Annabelle, is being treated for a shattered arm, broken jaw and hip. 

Green and other family members are caring for the three children who have been released.

Friends of the family set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses as Harley and Patrick are unable to work.

According to Tolleson police Sgt. Lee Garrett, investigators have not developed any new leads or suspect information. Garrett said the suspect was "possibly" driving a dark colored SUV.