EXPOSITION PARK (CBSLA.com) — A three-year-old girl was struck and seriously hurt by a hit-and-run driver in Exposition Park Saturday.
Family members are outraged that the driver — believed to be a Latina, according to witnesses — never stopped.
The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. on South Saint Andrews, near Exposition Boulevard.
The victim — a girl named Tianna – is in intensive care and her family says she will be there “for weeks.” They say she has a large laceration on her head and her lungs are swollen.
KCAL9′s Brittney Hopper reported from Cedars-Sinai where the girl’s anxious family prayed for her and begged the driver to come forward.
“She just screams and says she’s in pain, she’s crying. She’s in a lot of pain,” said Nicaea Berry, the girl’s grandmother.
Family members say little Tianna was crossing the street to meet her older cousin — they were going to attend a birthday party.
Witnesses say the driver was going so fast Tianna was thrown several feet into the air.
Adrienne Davis heard the crash and called 911. “Once I saw it was a baby. I just couldn’t. I just went back. It was too much,” said Davis.
Family members and neighbors were screaming for the driver to stop. But the motorist kept driving. “I mean what is that? Three-years-old and you keep going? Come on,” said Lisa Gordon, the girl’s Godmother.
The suspect’s vehicle is described as a silver or gray Rav 4 with slight front end damage.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Los Angeles Police Department.