GALT, Calif. (KTXL) — A teenager is in critical condition after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Galt.
According to police, 16-year-old Angel Renteria was walking her pit bull, Bubba, along Ayers Lane when a car hit her and left her in the roadway.
“I can’t imagine what her mom’s going through. I’d be devastated if that happened to my child,” said neighbor Cynthia Ramirez.
The sophomore from Estrellita High School remains at Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center in the intensive care unit with her mother by her side.
“Significant head trauma and life support, and induced coma,” explained Galt Police Chief Brian Kalinowski.
Police said the dog is doing fine and is with family.
So far, investigators have made no arrests, but they might have a lead.
“While we were investigating the incident, a suspected drunk driver, who was confirmed to be a drunk driver, struck one of our patrol vehicles,” Kalinowski told FOX40.
The California Highway Patrol took that driver into custody. Galt police are trying to figure out if the driver is the same person who hit Renteria.
“We’re still trying to piece it all together,” Kalinowski said.
Ramirez said cars speed along Ayers Lane all the time, which is why her children play in the backyard.
“They drive really fast. I get it’s nighttime, but you need to be aware of your surroundings when you come through here ’cause it’s really bad,” Ramirez said.
Kalinowski said officers believe there was at least one witness to the accident who investigators would like to question.
“We continue to hope and pray for the family. We grieve with the family in this incident,” Kalinowski said.
A close family friend has created a Facebook fundraiser. For those who would like to help, click or tap here.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run has been asked to call Detective Mark Fewel at 209-366-7005. Anyone will additional information will remain anonymous.