Hit & Run Puts Teen In The Hospital

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A 17-year-old Denver girl is recovering after getting a hit and run driver. It happened on Saturday night in Colorado Springs on Jet Wing Drive near East Fountain Blvd. and South Powers Blvd.

The victim, Gloria Ortega, was staying with family.

It was around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday when Ortega decided to run over to the 7-Eleven to get something to drink. She decided to walk since it's only a block away. But when she tried to cross the street, the victim said, a car going the wrong way on the road plowed right into her.

Ortega told doctors it all happened too fast and can't remember much. Mayra Quinteros who is the victim's niece spoke with 11 News. "All that she remembers is falling and getting onto the grass," said Quinteros.

Police say they have little information about the car that hit Ortega.
"The information we have is that it was a small dark colored vehicle," said Sgt. Brian Steckler who is with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

It's the kind of car Gloria Ortega thinks bolted into her. "There's lots of reasons people run or simply just because they're afraid of what's occurred and what may happen to them," said Sgt. Steckler.

Thankfully Gloria Ortega was only feet from the house. She crawled to the front lawn, leaving behind her a trail of blood. She waited for about an hour in the yard before her family found her. "She's like, 'help me, help me,' and I looked and she was bleeding and she couldn't move," said Quinteros.

The victim's family said they rushed her straight to the hospital. "She's like, 'just hurry, hurry, I'm in a lot of pain,'" said Quinteros.

The impact dislocated Ortega's shoulder, broke her finger, fractured her leg and left her with stitches on her forehead and thigh.

Ortega also has an eight-month-old baby boy, who her family says, she now cannot nurse because of pain medication she's on.

Her family hopes whoever did this does the right thing and turns themselves in.

If you know anything or saw something please call Crimestoppers at 634-STOP. You can earn a cash reward and remain anonymous.

The suspect responsible for the hit and run accident could face charges including vehicular assault, failure to report an accident and leaving the scene of an accident.

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  • by livedownthestreet Location: C/S on Apr 21, 2009 at 08:42 AM
    I live in this neighborhood where this happened. And I have to say. I am not surprised at all that this has happened!! Yes it is sad. And I hope this young lady gets better soon. But many things lead to this.. People who live along that coroner often park on the street all the way to the intersection of Ride and Jet Wing. I have many times had to pray and take the risk of getting hit by oncoming traffic on Jetwing do to the fact that a car or truck being parked on either side of Ride making it hard to see on coming traffic .There were many vehicles parked on the street that night.. And the fact that people speed up and down Jetwing like its a drag strip!! I'm welling to say that she was blocked from view to this car while stepping off the curb.. Hopefully this person does the right thing and turn themselves in..
  • by Sandra Location: C/S on Apr 20, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    Have can anyone hit somebody with their vehicle and then just leave? Where is the compassion in our community here people? This woman in my mind was left for dead and vehicular assult should absoulutley be persued.
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