Juvenile seriously injured after wreck near 23rd, Topping - KCTV5

Police: Driver of stolen truck hits car, seriously injures mom, 2 children

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The driver of a stolen pickup hit another car, seriously injuring a mother and her two young children, police said.

The two brothers were brought to Children's Mercy Hospital with serious injuries after a driver in a stolen truck smacked into their family's car. Witnesses said they can't believe the driver would run away without trying to help the injured victims.

"We saw a black SUV flying down the street. I said, ‘mom, did you just see that fool fly down the street?'" witness Arnica Combes said.

Turns out the black vehicle was stolen and police said the driver, while speeding down Topping Avenue, heading north, ran a red light about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 23rd Street and Topping Avenue in Kansas City, MO.

"Next you know I hear a big boom. I'm like ‘mom, oh my goodness, he done hit some cars," Combes said.

The driver ran into a red car. A mother and her two son, ages 3 years old and 10 months old, were seriously hurt. Their car then hit a white Cadillac driven by Brian Carter. He was treated and released from the hospital and came back to the scene of the wreck with bruises on his hip and knee.

"My bags exploded and when I looked over there I heard them yelling ‘get the babies out,'" Carter said as he recounted what happened.

Combes heard the cries for help. She and others pulled the two children out of the backseat through a window. She held the 10-month-old baby in her arms.

"I laid him down. He started crying and I said ‘thank you, Jesus.' That still wasn't enough because they were looking so bad. The babies had gashes in the head. And the mother was messed all up," she said.

One of the most troubling things about the wreck is police said the driver of the stolen truck took off running. Police said the man got out of the vehicle and started running, taking off his clothes.

"There's a white male that should be hot and tired from running from the scene and should have injuries to the left side of his body," Sgt. DeEtta Jacobs with the KCMO Police Department said.

Carter said he doesn't understand how someone could be so heartless and have little concern about the safety of others.

"For anybody to leave the scene of accident - you don't know if anyone's dead or what. No matter who's at fault. I just don't understand," he said.

Combes reiterated Carter's thoughts.

"I hope they catch him. He should be ashamed of himself, really should," she said.

Authorities do not know when the truck was stolen or from what city.

Police said they were not chasing the stolen truck and they have no idea why the driver ran a red light. They are processing the stolen truck to see if they can get any DNA evidence that will help identify the suspect, who still remains on the loose.

An updated current condition on the children hasn't been released.

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