A fatal hit-and-run on Friday night took the life of a 4-year-old girl, severely wounded her father, and left her brother, who will be 5-years-old on Sunday, battling for his life in the ICU.
Adrianna Rodriguez, the children’s mother, said that her son is fighting for his life, and her daughter has lost hers.
The fatal collision occurred about 8:20 p.m. near the junction of Normandie and Vermont avenues, according to authorities.
Officers arrived on the scene to find one car turned over and three people with severe injuries, two young children and an adult man.
Jayda Sanchez, 4, was the fatal victim. Robby Sanchez, who turned five years old on Sunday, had surgery and is still in the hospital.
The children’s father, Robert Sanchez, is reported to have sustained severe injuries.
According to witnesses, a driver performed an illegal u-turn at the junction, forcing the children’s father, who was driving the pickup truck, to swerve and flip the vehicle, colliding with a light post.
The person that performed the illegal u-turn drove away from the scene.
Several good Samaritans raced to the scene to assist.
One of the people who ran to assist the family said that there were probably six or seven people that pushed the vehicle to get the young girl out from beneath it, and after they got her out, that’s when the father became coherent.
Flowers, candles, and balloons surround a photo of Jayda Sanchez, the 4-year-old victim, at the accident scene on Vermont Avenue.
Relatives were attempting to console one another during the difficult moments.
Jayda’s mother mentioned that the girl was born premature, two months early. She was 39 days in the hospital, and she just can’t believe that this is how she goes.
Jayda’s sister, Jaylin Medina, described her as a kind sibling who enjoyed painting her nails, playing with dolls, and playing with her cousins.
Rudy Medina, Jayda’s stepfather, spoke of seeing her grow up and how, as a baby, she battled for her life in the NICU.
He was stunned that now he has to witness this.
Robby and Jayda’s mother, who was devastated and saddened, had a message for the person who caused the fatal collision.
She pleaded to the driver to please come clean and give themselves in, whoever they are. Saying that they took a poor innocent baby.
Although the person who performed the illegal u-turn did not directly impact the victim’s car, authorities nonetheless consider the case a hit-and-run since their actions caused the fatal accident and they did not remain at the scene to assist the victims.