Family injured in Oakland hit-and-run remains hospitalized

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) -- A neighborhood rushed to rescue a family of five all hurt by a hit-and-run driver in East Oakland Monday night. The driver is still at large and the family remains in the hospital Tuesday with serious injuries.

Neighbor Kimahko Gray sprinted across shattered glass and ran barefoot onto MacArthur Boulevard at around 9 p.m.

"It just sounded like a big bomb exploded," said Gray.

But her instinct said "go towards it."

"If you would of saw that car and you saw that glass and then you hear that baby, my God you would of did the same thing," said Gray.

Near 68th Avenue, an SUV broadsided the Oldsmobile carrying the family of five. Another neighbor pulled out his cellphone to shine a flashlight.

"With the light, there's a recorder with it and it's a buttons difference," said the neighbor, who goes by the name "Soldier." As he helped illuminate the scene, he also recorded the chaos.

In the cell phone video, Gray can be seen holding the eleven-month-old girl in the grass while neighbor Kimberly Evans helped the mother trapped on the passenger's side.

"'Do not stop breathing, whatever you do. Stay here for your kids. Don't go nowhere.' She looked up and she grabbed my hand and I said 'That's right keep on,'" said Evans.

Others took hammers to the windows and pulled out the male driver. Responding firefighters used the Jaws-of-life to free an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl still trapped in the mangled wreck.

Witnesses tell KTVU the victims were hit by someone driving a tan SUV. After striking the Oldsmobile the SUV was going so fast it plowed into other cars on the block, then the men inside got out and ran away.

Gray followed the ambulance carrying the baby to Oakland's UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

"All I could worry about was the baby," said Gray.

While an official update on everyone's condition was not available, a family member told KTVU Tuesday they were not doing well. Police have not released any suspect information. It's all heartbreaking news for the women who responded as if the family were their own.

"That's the first thing I thought about was my kid. If they ever get in accident I want somebody to help them," said Evans.