Turlock Police Department is searching for a person who hit and ran over a toddler Friday evening.
Witnesses said some kids were playing soccer in an open field in the corner of Lambert Way and Soderquist Road at around 5 p.m.
They said when the ball rolled onto the street, a 3 year old boy, who they know as “Sammy,” ran after it.
Seconds later, a person driving a gray four door sedan turned onto Lambert Way and hit the toddler.
“The dad kept telling him, ‘stop stop stop,’ but I guess he didn’t hear him. That’s when the car hit the baby,” witness Jose Barrios said.
Witnesses said after the initial impact, the driver reversed. Then, the boy was run over again, this time getting stuck in the bumper.
Many said they believed the driver initially showed signs of remorse. But they say when he heard sirens, he ran.
“After he struck the child, he got out, picked up the child, and carried out the child to the father, who was right there,” Sgt Neil Cervenka of the Turlock Police Department said. Police are still looking for that driver.
“Once that person flees, a felony has been committed, but it’s not too late to stop the clock and turn yourself in. It is always better that for us to find you,” Sgt. Cervenka said.
The toddler was life flighted to the hospital, and according to his father, he did not break any bones and is in stable condition.