PANORAMA CITY, Calif. (KTLA) — A 70-year-old man was arrested Wednesday evening after a woman and her two daughters were struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Panorama City.
Gabino Cabrera was traveling westbound on Chase Street, near Van Nuys Boulevard, when his Toyota RAV4 hit the 41-year-old mother, her 17-year-old daughter and her 14-month-old daughter, Los Angeles police said.
The victims were in a crosswalk at the time, according to witnesses, who said the toddler’s pink stroller became lodged under the bumper of the SUV.
Witnesses said they yelled at driver and banged on the vehicle’s windows, telling him to stop, according to Officer Danny Martinez of the Los Angeles Police Department. The SUV continued to move forward for some 350 feet, pushing the stroller while the toddler was trapped inside, he said. The driver finally stopped after a witness placed himself in front of the vehicle.
The toddler was recovering at a hospital on Thursday afternoon, in critical but stable condition. Her mother and teen sister escaped serious injury.
Cabrera was booked on a felony hit and run charge, police said. He was driving without a license; police believe that may be why he did not stop immediately after the accident.