Mesa Police Seek Public Assistance In Locating Hit-and-Run Vehicle

January 2, 2010

Mesa Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a vehicle involved in a hit and run where a 5-year-old child was severely injured.

On January 2, 2010 at 6:40 p.m., Mesa Police responded to a hit and run accident at 1400 N. Center Street. Upon arrival, it was discovered four minors were attempting to cross Center Street from the east side to the west side. They were waiting in the middle of the two-way left hand turn lane as a vehicle was approaching southbound on Center in the median lane. Sethaniel James Ryan Cruz, a 5-year-old, was hit by the southbound vehicle, on the driver's side, as he attempted to cross the street. Sethaniel suffered severe, life-threatening injuries in this collision, including skull fractures, fractured pelvis, both legs fractured and severe internal injuries.

The vehicle continued to travel southbound and did not attempt to stop. The only description given was a four-door sedan, possibly dark in color. Investigators recovered parts from the driver's side of the vehicle in the roadway. They were able to locate a part number off one of the pieces and were able to match it to a silver 2005 Ford Taurus. Investigators believe damage to the suspect vehicle will consist of the following:  the driver's side-view mirror assembly missing and the door handle on the driver's side missing (the pull-up part to open the door) which were collected at the scene. Possibly damage will be denting on the front driver's side and fender, driver's side door and cracked windshield on the driver's side.

photo example of a Silver Ford TaurusPhoto of vehicle at right is what a silver 2005 Ford Taurus looks like.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211. 


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PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

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