Pomona Girl Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver - NBC Southern California

Pomona Girl Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver

The victim was treated for minor injuries



    A little girl survived a terrifying hit and run in Pomona. Police say the driver had no license. (Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2011)

    A 9-year-old girl was hit and dragged beneath the car of a Pomona driver who attempted to flee the scene, according to the Pomona Police Department.

    The victim was airlifted to a Los Angeles area hospital and was treated for minor injuries, police said.

    The driver was arrested for felony hit-and-run and driving without a license.

    The suspect, identified as Tanya Bernal, hit a vehicle at about 3 p.m. near Phillips Boulevard and W. Garey Avenue, according to initial reports.

    Bernal, 24, then reportedly headed south on Garey Avenue where she hit another vehicle, jumped the curb, and struck the 9-year-old victim.

    “There were people standing there with kids,” said witness Carolina Garcia. “Everybody starts running, but the little girl didn’t get the chance to run fast enough.”

    Garcia said Bernal continued driving and only came to a stop when her vehicle was rendered motionless by a parked car.

    Bystanders lifted the car to release the young victim, Garcia said.

    Bernal’s bail has been set at $50,000.

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