Girl, 4, in ICU After Alleged Street Racing Crash – Wendy Burch Reports

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KTLA) — A 4-year-old girl remains in intensive care after a hit-and-run crash in Riverside that may have been caused by street racing.

According to witnesses, a 2008 black Ford Mustang was possibly racing with a second car, described as an orange-colored Acura or Honda.

Both vehicles were northbound Magnolia approaching Nelson at a high rate of speed.

They blew through a stop sign and the Mustang broadsided a Chevy Malibu, police said.

4-year old Carlie Rodriguez, who was sitting in a booster seat in the left rear passenger seat of the Malibu, was critically injured in the collision.

She was unconscious at the scene and was rushed to Loma Linda University Hospital.

On Tuesday, hospital officials said she was in guarded condition.

The driver of the Malibu, her father, was not injured in the crash.

The driver of the Mustang got out and asked if they were okay, and then fled on foot. He is described as a thin Hispanic male, about 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall.

It was later learned that the Mustang was stolen from Madison Street and Evans Street — about three miles away — just prior to the collision.

The other vehicle possibly involved in the racing failed to stop and continued northbound on Magnolia.

“Any time a street race is involved, both vehicles — including the non-contact vehicle — will be held responsible,” said Riverside police Sgt. Skip Showalter.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who has any information is asked to call Riverside police.

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