SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale police reviewed video of an SUV hitting a mother and a child in a stroller on May 9 and dismissed the charge against the driver.
The accident took place at the intersection of 90th Street and Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale.
After police talked to witnesses, they cited the driver of the SUV for failure to yield. However, after watching the video from red light cameras, they dismissed the charge.
In the video you can see the light turn green and cars start to go. That’s when a black SUV runs right over a 4-year-old girl in a stroller.
The toddler managed to tumble underneath the SUV somehow missing the car’s tires. If you look at the video closely, you can see the girl stand up at the end of the video and start to walk to her mom.
Perla Romero is the little girl in the video. She showed 3TV the road rash on her arm and the mangled stroller from the accident.
3TV showed her family the video. Seeing it for the first time brought the little girl's father to tears.
He said he's held his daughter closer ever since the accident and feels so lucky that she survived. It’s as if his daughter was reborn.
Regina Carrasco, the girl's mother, said they were coming back from a doctor's appointment and they were racing across the intersection because the light changed quickly and caught them off guard.
3TV wanted to see exactly how much time this intersection gives someone to cross the street so we timed a trip from one side of the street to the other.
Mind you, we didn’t have a stroller, but at a slow yet steady pace we can make it across in 32 seconds.
The light only gives you 35 seconds. There's not much room for error. Just three seconds after crossing, the traffic starts moving.
3TV spoke to Scottsdale city employees about the time given to cross that intersection.
Bruce Dressel, a transportation system manager, works inside the city's state-of-art Traffic Management Center.
There they can watch any of the video pouring in from the 80 cameras set up around Scottsdale.
They can also change traffic light times instantly based on need. Dressel explained that crosswalk times are based on an average person's walk speed of 3.5 feet per second.
They give a person more time to cross the street than the national guidelines require. 3TV is told the city will monitor the situation at the intersection and adjust the time if necessary.
Police decided not to cite the driver of the SUV because it seems an RV in the turn lane blocked the view of the family trying to cross against the light.
Although her physical scars are healing, Perla said she's scared and hasn't played outside since the accident.