The mom of a 12-year-old pedestrian who was struck by a car in a Canyon Country hit-and-run crash last week is seeking the public’s help in locating the driver.
Trisha Maldonado, the mother of the 12-year-old Sierra Vista Junior High School student and football player, is asking for the public’s help in locating the driver who hit her son on Stillmore Street near Whites Canyon Road last Tuesday.
“When he was struck on that Tuesday, he was with a group of friends walking using the crosswalk to get back to school,” Maldonado said.
When the child and his friends were entering the crosswalk, they noticed a Nissan Pathfinder running a red light headed right towards them.
“As my son approached and took three steps into the crosswalk, (the car) came out of nowhere,” Maldonado said. “He tried to jump out of the way, and was clipped on his left side and both tires ran over my son’s left leg.”
As a result of the crash, the child was transported to the hospital, where he learned he had sprained his left knee and ankle, according to family members.
After the vehicle hit the student, the driver reportedly drove off at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle was seen traveling through an alley that connects Whites Canyon and Camp Plenty Roads behind Autozone and Big Lots, Maldonado said.
“Mechanics in the area all have surveillance cameras and saw him drive quickly through the area, almost striking a parked vehicle and another person,” Maldonado said.
Since the crash, Maldonado says that her son is now afraid to walk around and does not want to go anywhere.
“He’s 12 years old. He shouldn’t have to feel this way,” Maldonado said.
Since the crash, the child has not been able to participate in PE class or football.
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Traffic Office are actively investigating the crash, according to officials.
“We are still talking with some witnesses to get better descriptions,” said Sgt. Scott Shoemaker.
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