UPDATED: Hit & Run Driver Sought

By: WOWT 6 News Email
By: WOWT 6 News Email

A hit and run driver remained on the loose overnight after a near disaster that sent four people, including a baby, to the hospital.

It happened at 56th and Ames. A car and truck were both westbound when investigators say it appears the truck clipped the car, sending it careening into a gas station.

When officers arrived two women a man and a child were outside the vehicle getting help.

After the car smashed into pump number six, knocking it off the concrete pad, those at the Sinclair station quickly hit the gas shut-off and called 911. Even then, no one knew if a spark would somehow set off an explosion.

Vernita Hadley sat, "Look at that. It could have blown up. Everybody could have been hurt - even those helping. I could have gotten hurt."

Vernita didn't see the crash but stopped to help.

“There were three people in the car and a baby and the baby was not hurt. Nobody, but God, did that, the girl had a big gash in her head and I put pressure on it. The other two weren't moving."

With the crash site under control, the search was on for the other driver. A mile down the road, at 65th and Ames, Omaha police pulled over the driver of a red truck and looked for any crash damage. Investigators said it appeared he wasn't the one in the hit and run.

Police hadn't yet talked with the driver of the car to find out what she saw.

At last check, investigators were still looking for large red pickup or SUV.

Hadley said, “I was going to stop and help. I've been in situations like that. I thought it was so thoughtless to injure someone and not care enough to help."

Security cameras aren’t likely to shed any light on the investigation. Another vehicle getting gas blocked the view.

It appears that those injured will all be fine.

The hunt for the truck continues.


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