RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A 4-year-old girl remained in critical condition Tuesday after suffering serious injuries in a hit-and-run racing accident.
The crash happened just before 2 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Nelson Street in Riverside, officials said.
According to a witness, a stolen 2008 Ford Mustang, which was potentially racing with an older orange sports car, hit a Chevy Malibu that was coming off of a stop sign.
Carlie Rodriguez, who was sitting in a booster seat in the Chevy, was critically injured and transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center with major head trauma.
“She’s got a drain in her brain right now. some other lines that are monitoring her blood pressure and things like that,” Christina Perez, Rodriguez’s aunt, said.
The girl’s father, the driver, was not injured, Riverside police said.
“The Hispanic male adult driver of the Mustang stopped and checked on the occupants of the Malibu and then fled on foot, leaving the Mustang behind,” Det. Rick Prince said in a statement.
The driver of the sports car failed to stop and fled the scene.
“Anytime a street race is involved both vehicles including the non contact vehicle will be held responsible for whatever took place here,” Sgt. Skip Stowalter said.
The accident is under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Det. Prince at (951) 826-8722.