SAN BERNARDINO – A two-year-old girl, struck by a car on Sunday, died two days later. Police, who may have a description of the vehicle being sought, are still searching for a suspect in the hit-and-run death.
The accident, which occurred at 5:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Mountain View Ave., sent the child to a nearby hospital in grave condition. San Bernardino Police spokesman Rich Lawhead said officers arrived at the scene shortly after receiving the call. “The vehicle had fled the scene prior to the officer’s arrival.”
The child, Asianae Thomas, entered the roadway and was struck by the vehicle. Lawhead said she was taken by family members to a nearby hospital. Lawhead said the officers had arrived “within minutes of receiving the original call. Officers arrived to discover very little physical evidence and several witnesses with varying descriptions of the suspected vehicle.”
Paramedics initially took her to St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino but she was later transferred to Loma Linda, a neighboring city. On Wednesday, police released a surveillance image of a vehicle officers suspect was involved in the crash, but no arrests have been made. The vehicle in a photo was taken off a video system at a local convenience store just south of the collision location. The vehicle turned northbound just one minute before police started receiving 911 calls.
“There appears to be some distinctive characteristics about the vehicle,” said Lawhead, adding that it appears to be a flatbed of some sort or it has a unique service bed. The truck appears dark in color and is in line with the original description. Lawhead is seeking the public’s assistance. “So far,” he said, “police have been unable to locate anyone who can provide the necessary information needed to identify a suspect or a vehicle in this tragic event. The police are asking for the public’s assistance.”