Update: 12-Year-Old Hit-and-Run Victim Now in Stable Condition

A Duarte woman was arrested for allegedly hitting a middle school student with her car and then fleeing the scene, police said.

Update: The 12-year-old girl has now been upgraded from critical to stable condition, according to Sgt. Glen Coleman of the Monrovia Police Department. Coleman said the police received a call from the girl's father regarding the upgrade.

"The dad said she's responding well to the doctors," Coleman said.

Originally: An unidentified woman was arrested for allegedly of the collision, police announced Friday night.

The suspect was identified as Emma Tapia-Gonzalez, 23, of Duarte, Lt. Zeke Cereceres.

The victim remains in critical condition and is in surgery, according to a news release from the police.

Witnesses provided a description of the vehicle and a partial license plate number to police, which led police to an address in Duarte, Cereceres said.

"Officers went to the location and eventually found the car and made contact with the driver," Cereceres said.

Tapia-Gonzalez was on her way to visit someone and had a passenger in the car when the alleged hit and run occurred, Cereceres said. She was booked on felony hit and run charges, according to police.

The girl was hit while crossing the street shortly before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Canyon Boulevard and Huntington Drive.

Jill Pyeatt February 01, 2012 at 06:25 AM
I think the passenger was at fault, also.
Alec Dawson February 01, 2012 at 10:51 AM
She shouldn't have been released, she's a flight risk, clearly she will abandon the court proceedings as she abandoned the hit and run scene. There should be a boycott against Taco Bell by Albersons and call fir her resignation. Court documents show she is not legally documented in the u.s.a.
Alec Dawson February 01, 2012 at 10:56 AM
...therefore should not be employed or legally eligible to work in the u.s., Taco bell is clearly in violation of federal employment laws.
Alec Dawson February 01, 2012 at 11:14 AM
"Mother of 2" no fault should lie with the girl!, kids are careless that dosent mean they should be ran over by a careless driver driving with no license, registration, or insurance and then sent to the hospital.!! PEDESTRIANS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY, CROSSWALK OR NO CROSSWALK, CHILD OR ADULT. Would you blame your children if they were hit and abandoned on the street? Yea id like to know what you'd think then. It changed from an accident to a crime once she abandoned the scene and did not offer medical attention. Should be responsible for medical bills!
Janie Duncan February 01, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I live on Foothill Blvd. near California Blvd.. There is a cross walk on the intersection on the corner. When I see people waiting to cross I always try to tell them it is safer to go to the light at Canyon. We had a terrible accident there with a pedestrian fatality. A young drive thought she had hit a dog and it was a person who was killed. A cross walk guard who has worked this corner has also been hit in the crosswalk 2 times that I know of and a boy on a bike was hit there last year. You are so much safer at a light. We need to remind everyone of this fact. I think Clifton and Wild Rose schools should send out some information about this to the parents and students.


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