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Mom Has Message Of Thanks Despite Hit & Run Driver’s Actions

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Erica Ruiz (credit: CBS)

Erica Ruiz (credit: CBS)

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A teenager who was hit by a car and then driven to a convenience store by a driver who then took off is out of the hospital and recovering from her injuries.

Erica Ruiz, the teen’s mom, said she got a call every parent never wants to hear.

“She called me at 6 in the morning and just was panicked, saying she got hit by a car,” Ruiz said.

Police say Ruiz’s 14-year-old daughter got bumps and bruises when she was knocked over when the car hit her in the intersection of East Colfax and Laredo.

The driver allegedly panicked after the collision. Police say he lifted the girl up and put her in his car and then drove her to a nearby 7-Eleven.

Ruiz said she’s disappointed the driver didn’t stay to talk to police about what happened, but she thanks the suspect for at least helping her daughter somewhat.

“You know, he brought her out of the street and into safety, and I appreciate that. He has some sort of heart, obviously,” she said.

Police said they don’t have a good description of what the car looks like. They initially said kidnapping charges could be tied to the case, but that most likely will not be a charge now.

The suspect was described as being a black man in his 20s with short dreadlocks. He was driving a dark colored sedan. Anyone with more information is asked to contact Aurora police.

“She’s okay and that’s all I can ask for. It could have been worse,” Ruiz said.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Information From Aurora Police

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Detective Christine Hurley at (303)739-6113 or Sergeant Joe Young at (303)739-6093. You can also provide information on this case AND remain anonymous by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867). You may be eligible to earn a reward of up to two thousand dollars ($2,000).

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