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    CA - Erica Guerra, 5, killed in hit & run, Wasco, 3 May 2007

    Car briefly carried girl on hood but kept going

    Friday, May 4 2007


    Kern County sheriff's Sgt. Matt Lee wishes he could freeze the video and pluck the child crossing the street out of harm's way.

    He's watched the footage of 5-year-old Erica Paulina Guerra getting struck by the car numerous times, and it's taken a toll on him. He said he and emergency responders are pretty shook up by the hit-and-run that killed Guerra at a Wasco intersection Thursday evening.

    "She's just a 5-year-old girl," Lee said, wiping away tears after a news conference Friday morning. "I keep thinking about everything in life she's going to miss out on."



    WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO. Surveillance footage of a young girl hit while crossing the road. The police need your help finding the owner of this car.
    http://www.bakersfield.com/multimedi...yer#gotoplayer

    http://www.bakersfield.com/619/story/134801.html
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    dear god how could some1 hit this baby and then just drive off? what is wrong with some people???

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    Angry

    They didnt stop! How could they not stop?!!

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    Oh that poor little girl. I feel so bad for her mom because she probably blames herself. In reality she probably didn't know that the little girl had stopped. Just a horrible thing to have had happened.

    If I hit a child or even an adult I think I would go into shock and just hit the break and then sit there unable to move. I don't know if I could live with that.
    I hope that the person who hit that little girl turns him/her self in. Maybe they panicked and took off but they can still turn themself in.

    I wonder if the mom and kids were at a crosswalk or a light?

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    OMG That is horrible. I hope they find the person who did that. An accident is an accident, and from what I can tell, it's not like the driver would go to jail. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the mother was not paying attention to the girl, and the girl ran into oncoming traffic. Would it be the driver's fault, would they be facing life in prison? (In no way do I want this to come across as blaming the mother, just trying to put it in legal perspective) An accident is one thing, a hit & run is another.
    There is a very good chance that little girl would still be alive if the driver had stopped. Instead the drove with her on the hood for 100 feet until she fell off under the car. How can you live with yourself??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbisangel View Post



    I wonder if the mom and kids were at a crosswalk or a light?
    If you look at the street, I don't see an intersection there or lines that would indicate it's somewhere cars would stop. It looks like they were jaywalking. Also, it looks like mom was running too, before the little girl did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dena View Post
    If you look at the street, I don't see an intersection there or lines that would indicate it's somewhere cars would stop.
    I remember when one of my twin boys thought he was too old to have his hand held while crossing the parking lot. He was about 7yrs old at the time. He jerked his hand out of my wife's and my wife pulled his soul out from him as she chewed him out on safety. Now he's 16 and I tell him to hold his 7 year old brother's hand while they go to play with kids across the street.

    I would never attempt to cross the street without my kids right beside me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dena View Post
    OMG That is horrible. I hope they find the person who did that. An accident is an accident, and from what I can tell, it's not like the driver would go to jail. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the mother was not paying attention to the girl, and the girl ran into oncoming traffic. Would it be the driver's fault, would they be facing life in prison? (In no way do I want this to come across as blaming the mother, just trying to put it in legal perspective) An accident is one thing, a hit & run is another.
    There is a very good chance that little girl would still be alive if the driver had stopped. Instead the drove with her on the hood for 100 feet until she fell off under the car. How can you live with yourself??
    If that driver had stopped, chances are they would not have been cited because that little girl ran out in front of him/her. But, to not stop... I hope they find this creep and try him/her on all counts that they possibly can.

    “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gman20001969 View Post
    I remember when one of my twin boys thought he was too old to have his hand held while crossing the parking lot. He was about 7yrs old at the time. He jerked his hand out of my wife's and my wife pulled his soul out from him as she chewed him out on safety. Now he's 16 and I tell him to hold his 7 year old brother's hand while they go to play with kids across the street.

    I would never attempt to cross the street without my kids right beside me.
    Me neither - especially with a 5-year-old. And it doesn't look like that was a valid place to cross.

    However, my heart aches for this family and I hope that the person who struck this child (by accident, I am sure) turns themselves in.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    In the video, the officer speaking said something about vehicular manslaughter, i believe. The car seemed to be going pretty fast. I was guessing that the person behind the wheel was probably preoccupied doing something else besides driving (cell phone, radio, air conditioning, etc...) and which is probably why the car seems to be going so much faster than the one before it. They probably freaked out about hitting her and just kept going. If only they had stopped, they would not have probably run over her. There is a lady in the town i live in who hit a boy who was riding his bike and he went right in front of her. He lived, but the woman has not been the same since. I hope that they turn themselves in so they can give the family what they need.


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    OMG that poor baby girl and her family. In no way do I blame the mother. Yes, there are always "should have's, could have's and would have's" but I can not sit here and blame her at all. I can not even begin to imagine how she is feeling.
    I hope the SOB that hit this little angel is found.

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    IMO this person did not stop because they are either wanted by the law or drunk or on drugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann View Post
    IMO this person did not stop because they are either wanted by the law or drunk or on drugs.
    That was exactly what I was going to post. If this person was DUI, he/she probably freaked out and kept going. I'm hoping this person is haunted w/ guilt and does come forward.

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    Looks like a Ford Taurus to me.


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    It definitely does look like a Ford Taurus.

    Would you expect there to be damage on the car? A front grill, windhsield damage?

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