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Two young children playing on porch in E. Bakersfield injured in hit and run crash, driver arrested

Posted at 8:18 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 11:57:16-04

A 21-year-old man has been arrested following a hit and run crash in east Bakersfield Thursday that left two young children injured, one of them with severe burns.

Bakersfield Police said around 3:45 p.m. officers responded to the area of Monterey St. and Haley St. regarding an injury vehicle collision. 

Officers determined a vehicle traveling southbound on Brown St. veered off the roadway, crashed through a fence and collided with a residence on the corner of Monterey and Brown Streets. 

Two children, ages one and six, and their grandmother Florencia Samaoya were playing on the porch of their home and were hit by the vehicle. 

The one year old and grandmother had minor injuries while the six year old was trapped beneath the vehicle. 

Neighbors attempted to lift the car off of the girl but family says it was the children's grandfather that ultimately used a jack to lift the vehicle from the child, who had significant burn injuries. 

All of the victims were transported to a local hospital. The six year old girl is listed in critical, but stable condition. 

Police said the driver of the vehicle, Francisco Padilla, 21, ran from the scene and was caught by witnesses who chased after him. He was eventually taken into custody by police. 

The vehicle police say Padilla was driving was discovered to have been stolen from E. California near Union Avenue earlier Thursday. 

Padilla was arrested for felony driving under the influence of drugs, felony hit and run, and auto theft. 

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Bakersfield Police at 327-7111.