Santa Maria child airlifted after hit-and-run

March 28, 2016

helicopterA suspect drove a pickup truck through a Santa Maria apartment complex, hit a 5-year-old boy and fled on Saturday, according to the city’s police department. A helicopter then airlifted the boy to a Santa Barbara hospital. [KCOY]

The child suffered serious injuries, including several broken bones, but he is expected to recover. Police are still searching for the hit-and-run suspect.

Just before 3 p.m., the boy was riding his scooter around the apartment complex in the 900 block of West Morrison Avenue. The boy was riding unsupervised when the truck collided with him.

A neighbor said he was watching the boy. The neighbor then went into his house to get something to eat, came back out and found the child had been hit, he said. The man also said children often play unsupervised at the apartment complex.

Officers arrived and found the boy alone on the ground.

Police describe the suspect’s vehicle as a black full-size pickup. The make and model are not known. The truck was last seen fleeing southbound on South Oakley Street.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to call the police department.


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9 Comments

  1. demiseofslo says:

    I hope they catch this lowlife POS and he gets some good ole’ back alley justice before the cops find him!

    (2) 4 Total Votes - 3 up - 1 down
  2. 65buick says:

    What’s really crap is the bill for the medevac. How much you want to bet the parents aren’t going to be able to pay for that?

    (-11) 33 Total Votes - 11 up - 22 down
    • Ted Slanders says:

      65buickroadmaster,

      What do you want to bet that paying for it is the last thing on their mind when their child needs a life saving trip to Santa Barbara?

      Conversely, what would be the first thing on your mind under the same circumstances?

      (4) 18 Total Votes - 11 up - 7 down
    • CharlesInCharge says:

      Yeah. That’s the real tragedy…not that a child was seriously injured. What is wrong with you?

      (11) 25 Total Votes - 18 up - 7 down
    • CentralcoastRN says:

      There is a program called the Victim Witness Program that will pay for uncovered medical costs as a result of crimes like this one. It is funded by restitution paid by criminals. The family can apply for assistance, provided they don’t have medi-cal or some other “free” program.

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  3. Rich in MB says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the child and family.

    (12) 16 Total Votes - 14 up - 2 down
  4. Ted Slanders says:

    Enough is enough, when this culprit is caught, and as a Christian Nation, our Yahweh God’s word should take full effect, period!

    “Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.” (Deuteronomy 19:21)

    “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Luke 4:4) Every word of our version of God includes the Old Testament. Any Christian want to argue this point against Jesus? I didn’t think so.

    Amen.

    (-10) 16 Total Votes - 3 up - 13 down
  5. audidriver2010 says:

    Just another normal day in SM!

    (9) 21 Total Votes - 15 up - 6 down
    • trebor86 says:

      You got it. I used to wonder what I’ve since heard said – any isn’t it considered child endangerment to raise kids in violent neighborhoods?

      (1) 7 Total Votes - 4 up - 3 down

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