Irving police search for hit-and-run driver

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on October 2, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:35 AM

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IRVING — Police are looking for a driver who slammed into a seven-year-old girl and a woman in front of a hair salon on Grauwyler Road and English Street in Irving  Sunday morning. 

Tinniyah Miles, 7, and her grandmother, Alberta Sago, 57, are in critical, but stable condition.  Miles is at Children's Medical Center Dallas; Sago was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

According to witnesses, Sago and her granddaughter walked out of the salon with another child, a boy, and another woman minutes before the crash.   They were getting into a vehicle when — suddenly — a car drove up on the sidewalk and plowed into the victims.

A man who did not want to be identified told News 8 the girl was thrown into the air about 20 feet and Sago was dragged about 50 feet.  The man also said he followed the suspect after the crash for about three miles, trying to catch him.  

The pursuit ended near Drexler and Irving Heights when the suspect got out of the green Mazda sedan car and took off. 

The man who had been following him told News 8 the suspect yelled,  "Why are you following me?" in Spanish and then reached into his pants.

"He tried to take something (sic) of his pants, so I stopped," said the witness.  "I think it's like a weapon or so something so I do (sic) nothing else."

Police believe the suspect was heading eastbound on Grauwyler when he crossed into the opposite lanes, nearly hitting another car.  While trying to avoid a collision, witnesses told News 8, the driver lost control of the vehicle. 

He then drove up onto the sidewalk, hitting the girl and her grandmother.

Javier Berlanga was a few feet away.  He told us the suspect was speeding.

"It passed real, real fast," said Berlanga.  "I think 60 mph." 

Police are planning to check the suspect's car for clues hoping to get a lead on the suspect, who remained at large late Sunday night.

If you have any information on the crash or the driver, call the Irving Police Department.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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