Mother Wants Answers After Scary Accident | News
BLASDELL, NY - Police say they have no leads on an accident that could have killed a young woman and her 17-month-old daughter.
"It was horrible, it was just so horrible, it keeps flashing through my head all day," said Jacqueline Mendez, 21, while clutching her bruised body after an alleged hit-and-run driver crashed into her on Tuesday night.
Mendez thinks the bruises will last a long time.
She says she and her little girl were struck by a vehicle while trying to cross a busy street.
"I thought I was broken when I got up. Everything just cramped up so bad, then I find out almost every bone in my body is sprained," she said.
Police say it all happened around 8 p.m. on South Park Avenue near the Mile Strip intersection in Blasdell.
Mendez says she was trying to cross the road with her baby in a stroller to get to a restaurant. She had the baby wrapped up because it was raining and then she says she heard a vehicle speeding behind her.
Mendez says that the force from the impact tossed her baby into the middle of the road and her onto the pavement.
"It was like breathtaking just to wake up and see her lying in the middle of the street, laying by herself, there are no words for the feeling," Mendez said.
A Good Samaritan ended up calling police, while investigators say the driver fled north on South Park. So far, police say no one has been able to identify the driver or the vehicle. Meantime, Mendez has been recovering. Luckily, her daughter was not harmed.
"It was stressful, but I'm just glad that the baby's fine and that Jackie's hurt but it could've been a lot worse for both of them," said Kevin Murphy, Mendez's boyfriend and the father of the child.
Mother and daughter were reunited on Wednesday.
"It took every pain away, [I'm] just so happy to know that there wasn't even a scratch on her body," said Mendez when she first saw her baby after getting out of the hospital.
A manager at a nearby gas station says it has video surveillance, but that the cameras aren't positioned at angles that could record the incident.
Mendez says that her family will offer a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.
Police say if you have any information about the incident you should call 822-1921.