Arrest Made in Hit-and-Run Crash That Left 1st-Grader Hospitalized in Riverside County

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Brendan Garth Vinson is seen in a booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Brendan Garth Vinson is seen in a booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

A 48-year-old Jurupa Valley man was arrested Wednesday in a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 6-year-old girl in Riverside County last week.

Brendan Garth Vinson was believed to be driving the red 1999 Chevrolet 2500 utility truck that hit DeAsha Butts of Highgrove on Feb. 26, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Vinson was arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for felony hit-and-run, a CHP news release stated.

Butts — who turned 7 while in the hospital — suffered a fractured pelvis, bleeding from the brain, a bruised lung and leg fractures, her cousin Kim Thompson told the Press-Enterprise.

DeAsha Butts was hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Riverside County. (Credit: Kim Thompson)

DeAsha Butts was hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Riverside County. (Credit: Kim Thompson)

“She has such a heart for people, and she forgives this man for running her over,” Thompson told KTLA. “She’s just a beautiful child.”

The first-grader was walking home from school about 2:30 p.m. when she crossed Iowa Avenue, in an unincorporated area near Villa Street, and was hit by a truck. The vehicle was headed northbound at the time, at a speed of about 45 mph, and did not stop after the collision, a CHP news release stated.

Anyone with additional information regarding the crash was asked to contact the California Highway Patrol, Riverside Area office at 951-637-8000.

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