Police have released video footage of a two-vehicle crash that killed an 18-month-old boy who was in a stroller on the sidewalk.
Footage shows the two vehicles colliding at an intersection. One of the vehicles then jumps the curb and hits the child and a woman, who were at the corner of the sidewalk alongside several other pedestrians this past Sunday.
Sebastian Morales, the young boy, died at the hospital. The collision happened around 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Nordhoff Street and Langdon Avenue per the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD said the 2016 Honda HRV heading west on Nordhoff was making a left turn when it collided with a gray Toyota Camry.
The impact sent the Honda over the curb at the southeast corner of the intersection which crashed into the boy in the stroller and an adult woman standing on the sidewalk near a food cart.
The female pedestrian, who was not related to the boy, was treated at a local hospital.
The driver of the Honda stayed at the scene while the driver of the Toyota left the scene. But on Sunday afternoon, the driver of the Toyota came forward to police. The driver was interviewed but no arrests have been made in connection with the collision.
According to a GoFundMe, Sebastian was described as an “amazing, sweet, and caring boy who truly brightened the lives of his family and those around him everyday. He was the sweetest, happiest baby who had such a bright future ahead of him. His sweet smile and character was enough to light up any room.”
Last year, a nanny used her body to protect two children from an erratic driver who jumped the sidewalk in a Washington D.C. neighborhood.
Marina Fuentes opened up about her near-death experience from her hospital bed, revealing to NBC affiliate WRC-TV that despite recovering from her injuries, she does believe she is forever impacted by the hit-and-run accident.
“I feel like my life is ended,” she told the outlet. “I feel I’m not going to have the same quality of life after this.”
The incident happened in Mount Pleasant on Sept. 15 while Fuentes was caring for two children, ages 2 and 7. As the three were walking down the sidewalk, a suspect driving a stolen car (owned by delivery food driver, Denis Miranda) came right toward them, according to the local outlet and a press release from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Fuentes, without hesitation, revealed she risked her life by jumping in front of a car to shield the children.
“I got in front of the little girl, and I hear a bump in the back,” she recalled how despite suffering broken bones after the collision, she remained on the children. “I look down and got the stroller with baby and wrapped it with my hands, with my arms to my chest,” she added.
In video footage released by the Metropolitan Police Department showed the suspect fleeing from the scene after the crash and running down the sidewalk. According to officials, he has not yet been identified and no arrests have been made. WRC-TV reported how the children were also not seriously injured in the incident due in part to Fuentes.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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