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Oxnard Good Samaritans help hit-run victim, track down driver

An image from Google maps shows the intersection where a hit and run accident took place in Oxnard on March 31, 2012.

April 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A carload of Good Samaritans in Oxnard helped track down a hit-and-run driver who struck a child Saturday.

The accident happened at Santa Lucia and Rose avenues while the 10-year-old victim was crossing the intersection on a bicycle on a green light. Five people observed the collision from a nearby vehicle. Two of the occupants immediately exited the car to pull the child out of traffic lanes to safety. That's when the driver sped off.

The remaining three occupants of the witness vehicle gave chase while reporting the description and direction of the suspect vehicle.

Oxnard police intercepted the suspect vehicle at Channel Islands Boulevard and DuPont Street. The driver, 54-year-old Raul Rivera, was taken into custody and charged with felony hit and run and driving without a license.

The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

Without the assistance of the five Good Samaritans, police say the victim may have sustained additional injuries from passing traffic at the collision scene and the suspect could have escaped arrest.