Omaha police say a man has admitted to being the driver who hit two children Sunday evening, leaving them behind. Twenty-seven-year-old Manuel M. Rodriguez was arrested after being questioned by police.
He was booked for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and driving with a suspended license.
Witnesses told officers a Ford F350 pickup was westbound on L Street going at a high rate of speed when it drove through a large puddle at 39th Street, went out of control and slid across all lanes of traffic, striking an eastbound pickup around 7 p.m.
The driver of the F350 took off, heading northbound on 39th Street, then westbound on J Street. Police say it is white with blue and red pinstripes. It should have rear driver side damage.
Three occupants of the truck that was hit were injured. Five-year-old Camilla Avalos was in serious but stable condition at the Nebraska Medical Center with abdominal injuries. Ten-year-old Samantha Avalos was treated for abdominal and head pain. The driver, 48-year-old Jose Gildardo-Avalos, had back pain.