911 hit-and-run calls released after 3 hospitalized

SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - Officials have released the calls for help after a hit-and-run sent a woman and her two young children to the hospital.

The 911 calls were made when a woman hit three people with her vehicle. Bystanders pursued the driver, and when they caught up to her, they pulled her out of her car and held her down until police arrived, Saturday.

The victims, a woman and her two children, were walking down the sidewalk at University Drive and Pembroke Road when the driver weaved through traffic, jumped the sidewalk and ran them down. “There’s a bunch of vehicles and she ran over two people,” said the 911 caller who witness the hit-and-run.

The driver, according to police, is 39-year-old Jessica Crane from Miami. She was held down and stopped after the crash in her gray Infiniti. “We almost crashed trying to get her,” said one man in a cellphone video.

The three that were injured were transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Crane was charged with three counts of leaving the scene of an accident and she was being held on $40,000 bond.

According to the arrest affidavit, Crane was driving under the influence and in the back of the patrol car, she said, “These [expletive] Cubans are trying to get free money from me and a free ride to the hospital.”

Crane then said that she didn’t hit the people, that instead the people hit her.

Police have since released those 911 calls. “I just chased her as far as I could,” said the caller. “A bunch of cars blocked her in. We just blocked her in because she was just going. She sideswiped the whole, like the side of my truck trying to get away from those people. She’s here, they’re holding her down.”

That 911 caller also told the police dispatcher how bystanders physically removed Crane from her vehicle to prevent her from leaving the scene. “They had to get her out of the car,” she said. “We just need police to get here fast. She looks like she’s trying to leave.”

Crane has posted $40,000 bond. The mother who was hit is in critical but stable condition at Memorial Regional Hospital. Her children are at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. However, they may be released in the next few days.

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