A car that struck a young boy walking with his grandmother in Castro Valley before the driver fled was stolen from a Livermore auto dealership earlier Monday morning, according to police.
Investigators are looking into whether the man who fled from the crash on Meadowview Drive was involved in the "slightly sophisticated" burglary at Livermore Ford Lincoln, where five cars were stolen, according to Livermore police Sgt. Steve Goard.
California Highway Patrol investigators have identified a suspect in the crash that seriously injured a 6-year-old boy. According to the CHP,
29-year-old Daniel Morris is believed to be the man who ran from the crash, abandoning the stolen Ford Fusion.
The Fusion was one of five cars that were dropped off for service at the Ford dealership, according to Goard. Four or five thieves pried open a key drop-off box and stole the cars between 12:39 a.m. and 1:57 a.m.
Another of the cars was found near the canal in Livermore and appears to have broken down, Goard said. Three of them are still missing.
Morris was allegedly driving the black 2010 Ford Fusion on Meadowview Drive toward Marshall Street behind a 6-year-old boy walking with his grandmother in the same direction, CHP Officer Dan Jacowitz said.
The boy stopped on the sidewalk and the Fusion veered onto the sidewalk and hit the child, pinning him temporarily against a pole, Jacowitz
The driver got out of the car and ran into the neighborhood.
The child was taken to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland with severe injuries. CHP officers responded and searched for the suspect.
Officers thought they had tracked him to a trailer park nearby, surrounding a trailer and entering it just before 10 a.m., Jacowitz said.
However, after interviewing the man, investigators ruled him out as a suspect and let him go.
CHP officers are asking anyone with information about the suspect or who may have relevant surveillance video to contact the CHP's Castro Valley office at (510) 581-9028.