The Turlock Police Department is seeking the driver involved in a hit and run collision that severely injured a young child.
The incident occurred at 5:10 p.m. Friday on Lambert Way near N. Soderquist Road in Turlock.
The child, a 3-year-old boy, was playing in front of his home when the collision occurred. The Turlock Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation team stated the three-year-old was in the road when struck.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the child stopped at the scene and got out of the car briefly, before returning to the vehicle and fleeing the scene, said Turlock Police Sgt. Stephen Webb.
The child was “severely injured” and was taken to a Sacramento hospital by air ambulance, Webb said. He is currently in stable condition.
Witnesses to the collision said the suspect was turning onto the road when he struck the child. They were able to offer investigators a description of the hit and run suspect and the vehicle.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, possibly a juvenile. He was thought to be between the ages of 16 to 19 years old. He stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall with an average build, Webb said.
The vehicle involved in the collision was described as a gray-colored 2000 year model Ford Focus four door sedan or possibly a Honda four door sedan. The vehicle will likely have some front-end damage.
The Turlock Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the driver and locating the vehicle. Anyone with information can contact Detective Brandon Bertram via Turlock Police Department Dispatch at 668-1200.
The Turlock Police Department is an active participant in the Crime Stoppers Program. Callers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636 and may be eligible for a cash reward.