Mother and young son struck by hit-and-run driver in West Philadelphia

WEST PHILADELPHIA - February 11, 2014

5-year-oldTristan Wells was home recuperating Tuesday afternoon after surviving what could have been a deadly hit and run that morning. Fortunately his injuries are minor.

It happened around 7:00 a.m. Tuesday at 52nd Street and Baltimore Avenue as Regina Eskridge was taking her son to school.

Medics responded to the scene and took Tristan to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"A guy ran me over, and then I fell, and then I bumped on top of the car and then I flew in the sky and Mommy caught me," explained Tristan.

"I thought he was going to die," said Regina Eskridge, Tristan's mother. "He just kept screaming, 'Ouch, my leg, my body, Mommy, help me, it hurts so bad.'"

Regina Eskridge says the driver stopped his minivan and got out

"He parked over there and then he got out of the car and asked if he was okay, and I started saying some words to him, and he sped off," she said.

Eskridge says the driver should have shown more concern and offered assistance.

Police want to question the minivan driver and hear his side of the story before deciding if any charges will filed.

Police say he was driving a 2001 gray Chevy Venture with tag number HCA 5975.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or through

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