Repair Shop Employee Arrested In Richmond Hit-And-Run

RICHMOND (CBS SF) – A 19-year-old woman was arrested in a hit-and-run collision Richmond which left a 3-year-old boy critically hurt, police said Thursday.

Police had pulled over a man behind the wheel of a red Smart car at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday on the westbound Interstate Highway 80 on-ramp from Potrero Avenue, Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said.

The driver was questioned about the Wednesday incident, but it was determined his car was in a repair shop at the time.

According to Richmond police, the 19-year-old receptionist at the repair shop had taken the car for a spin and was behind the wheel at the time of the accident. She was taken into custody Thursday.

Surveillance photos of Smart car suspected in a hit-and-run that injured a 3-year-old boy in Richmond on September 28, 2017. (Richmond Police Department)

Surveillance photos of Smart car suspected in a hit-and-run that injured a 3-year-old boy in Richmond on September 28, 2017. (Richmond Police Department)

The hit-and-run was reported at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 2700 block of Macdonald Avenue, Tan said.

Officers learned that the 3-year-old boy was with his mother as he was about to get into their car parked along the curb, but escaped his mother’s grasp and darted into the street where the car struck him, according to Tan.

richmond boy Repair Shop Employee Arrested In Richmond Hit And Run

Three-year-old Geronimo Perez. (Photo courtesy of his father, Geronimo Perez, Sr.)

The driver of the red Smart car, which has a black top and was believed to have damage to its front end, fled in the vehicle.

The boy was described as being critically injured Wednesday and Tan said Thursday morning that his condition is now “critical but stable.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at (510) 233-1214.

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