A mother and her son are fighting for their lives after a hit-and-run crash in the Kensington section of the city Monday night.
The 19-year-old woman was carrying her 2-year-old son in a car seat while walking across the street to their home on the 2700 block of Mascher Street at 7:02 p.m., police said. Just as they were steps away from their home they were struck by a car described by witnesses as a 4-door white vehicle, possibly a newer model Nissan Maxima or Infinity.
The crash caused the woman to fall under a pickup truck that was parked on Mascher while her son landed on the sidewalk.
Witnesses told police the vehicle, which had two men inside, fled the scene on Lehigh Avenue.
A Good Samaritan rushed to the mother and son and drove them to Episcopal Hospital. The mother was then transferred to Temple University Hospital while her son was taken to St. Christopher's.
The mother suffered head trauma in the crash. She is in critical but stable condition and is expected to survive.
Her son suffered severe head trauma and a broken pelvis. He is currently in extremely critical condition.
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Police say there were several cameras at the intersection of Lehigh and Mascher. A surveillance video also shows a white vehicle that may be the hit-and-run car driving away from the scene.
Crystal Berberena, the cousin of the woman, has a message for the driver.
"I just want to say if you're out there and you know that you did this then you should step up," she said. "Because this is somebody's life."
The hit-and-run occurred less than an hour after another hit-and-run in Philly claimed the life of a 4-year-old boy.