A 'Western Mass News' Exclusive tonight .. the mother of a toddler injured in a hit and run accident Tuesday night in Springfield has a message for the driver now charged in the case.
It was right on the corner of Massasoit and Montmorenci Street where witnesses say the driver of a pickup truck sped through this stop sign, striking little Natalia who is almost three.
"This and this and this and up."
A little leg in a big cast: Three-year-old Natalia shows us her wounds.
"I hit the car."
Actually… it was a pickup truck that hit her… Tuesday night on Massasoit St. in Springfield … while she crossed the street with her mom, Caren Ventura who spoke exclusively with Western Mass News.
"I'm holding her hand and she lets go. So the car's going really fast and the bumper of his car hits her head and she falls. And then he keeps going, he ran over her leg and I see her little body twirling. After that I went crazy. I jumped on his car and started beating his car. I was really upset, crying. I put her in the car and we drove to the hospital." Caren told us. … "My name is Natalia!" her daughter says.
Police say 32-year-old Edgar Diaz tried to flee on foot when a group of women physically restrained him. Police found Diaz on Lexington Street with facial injuries.
...It's been a difficult year for Caren.
"I thank God that I didn't lose her. I don't know what I would do, I lost her father," she explains to us.
Natalia's father, Jose Luis Diaz, was killed in a car crash in September in Grafton. His mother, Ivanska Almodovar - Natalia's grandmother - says she feels nothing for the driver who hit Natalia.
"I don't feel nothing. God is the only one who's gonna judge him. She's good and I thank God she's okay." Ivanska told Western Mass News.
Natalia broke her femur and is wearing a cast from the top of her thigh down to her foot… she actually turns three next week and to celebrate, it's looking like movies and snacks in bed.
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