UPDATE: Statement from Lt. Joseph of the Atwater PD – On 2/29/16 at approx. 1338 hrs. APD officers responded to Walmart located at 800 Commerce Ave. regarding a juvenile that had been struck by a vehicle in the parking lot. On arrival The juvenile was with her mother with visible injuries from being struck. The juveniles mother ran towards the vehicle and was also struck knocking her to the ground. The juvenile was transported via air to a hospital for treatment. The mother was transported with a ground unit to a local hospital for minor injuries.
ATWATER, CA – At approximately 1:38 pm today, the Atwater PD were dispatched to Walmart, located at 800 Commerce Avenue, for a juvenile that was hit by a vehicle in the parking
lot. When officers arrived on-scene they noticed the child was with her mother and had visible injuries from being hit by the vehicle.
Witnesses reported that it appeared the child may have darted away from the mother and ran directly into an oncoming truck. The child’s mother attempted to run towards the vehicle and tried to grab the child and she too was also struck by the vehicle, knocking her to the ground. The mother was complaining of pain to her back and neck. She was transported to Mercy Hospital and the child was flown to Fresno Regional Hospital.