Daughter Says Mom Not Fully At Fault in Hit and Run

Two days after a hit and run, near 29th and T Streets, a woman in the car that hit the little boy is speaking out.

Brandy Gomez was a passenger in the car that hit four-year-old Deandre Sanders. Her mother, Linda Ehlers, was driving. Gomez told WOWT 6 News, "The little boy came out of nowhere we did not see him coming."

Gomez remembers hearing a "boom" and seeing the little boy fall. According to police, the boy only suffered a minor cut; however, Gomez's mother is in trouble because she left the scene.

According to Gomez, Ehlers immediately stopped and got out, but a man ran over, grabbed the boy, and took off. At that point, Gomez said the women decided to leave as well.

Gomez said, "My mom didn't know what to do cause the guy left, but the cops said we should have called them."

Neighbors got the family's license plate and police later ticketed Ehlers for leaving the scene of an accident.

Now looking back, Gomez admits the women should have handled the situation differently, but adds they aren't the only ones at fault. Gomez believes the boy's family should have been ticketed for not keeping a better eye on him. She says he wasn't wearing a shirt or shoes either.

Omaha police told WOWT 6 News it is unclear whether the family will be cited.

An ambulance was eventually called to the scene, but transportation was not needed. Gomez said Ehlers was going the speed limit at the time of the accident.


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