KOKOMO, Ind. – Investigators say a driver hit a young mother while she was pushing her 2-year-old son in a stroller.
“She could’ve died. He could’ve died. I could’ve been hit. It could’ve been way, way worse,” said Tierra Shidler, a witness.
Shidler was walking with 22-year-old Valeria Maza and her son Monday night in their Kokomo neighborhood. Shidler says they heard a truck coming up behind them on North Morrison Street and that’s when they moved against the parked cars along the side of the street, but it wasn’t far enough out of the street. The truck ended up hitting Maza and her son.
“And the next thing you know. I didn’t see it because it happened so fast but I heard it and she went flying in the air and did a tumble and landed there and then the stroller just kept tumbling,” said Shidler.
Shidler was the only one not hurt. Maza was thrown into the street and Elias was stuck in the flipped over stroller.
“My first instinct was to go get the baby out of the stroller and so I did and he was covered in blood, which made me freak out,” said Shidler.
Elias has a gash on his head and his mom is still recovering in the hospital.
“She just had surgery today. She has a broken pelvis and some broken bones in her back. She’ll probably be in a wheelchair for about 3 months,” said Mandy Ochoa, Valerie’s mother.
The driver did stop and cooperate. Investigators don’t believe she was going over the 30 mph speed limit, she may have just been not paying attention or didn’t see the group.
“She was in shock too. She was shaking and she told me she was sorry,” said Shidler.
Shidler tells us looking back on the accident she knows they could’ve moved their walk to the sidewalk but regardless she sees this accident as a warning to everyone. No matter if you’re walking or if you’re driving, you have to constantly be careful.
“One look down or one blink and someone’s life could be gone,” said Shidler.
This is an ongoing investigation. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected factors.
If you’re interested in helping the family there is a Go Fund Me page https://www.gofundme.com/28cfa9vp