2 Teens throwing water balloons are persons of interest in hit-and-run

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
This truck is similar to the one involved in a hit-and-run in Chandler on Aug. 4. By Jennifer Thomas This truck is similar to the one involved in a hit-and-run in Chandler on Aug. 4. By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Chandler police said two girls who were throwing water balloons from a pickup truck are persons of interest in a hit-and-run.

Steven Bright, 26, was walking with his brother in their south Chandler neighborhood around 10 p.m. on Aug. 4 when a white Ford quad-cab pickup truck pulled up alongside them, according to police.

This happened near the 5400 block of South White Drive near Carlson Elementary school.

Detective Seth Tyler said two white teenage girls inside the truck threw water balloons at the brothers. As the girls drove away, Bright was struck by the vehicle and sustained significant injuries to his hand and torso.

"We're not sure if Steven was struck by the vehicle or if there was some other contact with the vehicle. Our investigators know there was a collision by definition but we're not sure the dynamics of the collision," said Tyler.

The occupants and the pickup truck remain at large.

Investigators do not know the specifics of the truck and do not have a license plate number, but they have released a photo of a similar vehicle. 

Police are asking for the public's help to identify the vehicle and the occupants involved in this incident.

Tyler said officers are seeking information from the occupants in an attempt to accurately depict the circumstances leading to Bright's injuries.

Anyone with information about the truck or the two teenage girls should call 480-782-4130 and reference police report number 12-080188.