CAUGHT ON CAM: Car Hits Mom, Kids in South Philadelphia, Takes Off

The search is on for a car that police say struck a woman and her two children as they crossed the street in South Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon.

Car Strikes Mother and Children, Speeds Off

The car, described by officials as a red 2001 two-door Honda Accord, was last seen traveling east on Dickinson Street from Broad, police said.

Police say the driver struck the 30-year-old woman, her 5-year-old daughter and her 4-month-old son as they crossed the street about 12:50 p.m., but did not stop.

Surveillance photo of the hit-and-run vehicle

"It doesn't appear, at this time, with the information that I have, that the car slowed down and stopped," said Philadelphia Police Captain Drew Techner. "Instead the car fled eastbound on Dickinson Street from Broad Street."

NBC10 obtained surveillance video of the car striking the family and then speeding off. The impact threw the 5-year-old girl 20 feet into the street.

Surveillance Photo
Another surveillance photo of the hit-and-run vehicle

Christopher Tereo, who works near the scene of the crash, told NBC10 what he witnessed the aftermath.

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"I actually heard the young girl screaming and crying," Tereo said. "I saw the mom. She was lying on the ground. She was unconscious and I saw them holding the baby. It was pretty disturbing." 

Surveillance video captured a vehicle strike a mother, her 5-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son as they were crossing the street in Philadelphia Tuesday. The vehicle then fled the scene. WARNING: This video may be disturbing for some viewers. We are only showing the moments before and after the crash.

The woman was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, while her children were taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Whoever it was hit her hard," said Reverend Paul Moore, a witness who held the baby boy in his arms until medics arrived. "The mom couldn't say anything. The mother didn't care how hurt she was. She said, 'My children! My children!'"

The woman is being treated for head injuries and is currently in critical but stable condition. The 5-year-old girl suffered a broken leg and femur while the baby boy suffered scrapes to his head. Both children are in stable condition.

Witnesses say the hit-and-run vehicle is missing the passenger's side mirror.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or driver should call 9-1-1 or 215-685-3180.

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