A girl in a stroller was critically injured Wednesday night when a 70-year-old man struck the child and her mother with his SUV in Panorama City, police said.
The man -- who was later arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run -- struck the victims at the intersection of Chase Street and Van Nuys Boulevard just before 8:40 p.m., said Lt. Debra Brounsten of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.
The man did not stop once he hit the mother and child, but witnesses flagged him down near the intersection as they watched his SUV push the pink stroller with the child inside of it, Brounsten said.
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The man may not have known his car was pushing the stroller, but police said they believe he knew he hit someone and still failed to stop.
"There was evidence he would have known that he hit the mother," Brounsten said.
The mother was in stable condition, said Officer Norma Eisenman of the LAPD's Media Relations Section. Her 2- or 3-year-old daughter's condition was upgraded from critical to stable by 5 a.m., Brounsten said.
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