Hit-and-run driver leaves Madera 15-year-old fighting for her life in the hospital

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A Madera 15-year-old set to start her sophomore year of high school in the fall, fighting for her life in the hospital after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver last Friday.

Family tells us Jenny Aguilar has been unconscious inside Community Regional Medical Center the past five days, in critical condition.

She’s fighting brain swelling and has broken bones.

Her older brother says, he’s living a nightmare.

A bright smile, a 15-year-old Madera South High schooler, who loves volleyball, working out and dogs.

A precious younger sister, to Eriberto Aguilar.

“You never know when this is going to happen, I didn’t know it was going to be this close to home,” Aguilar said. “And turns out, on this day and this night, it was.”

Friday, June 14th, his sister Jenny decided to jog to the gym to meet a friend.

“Her friend called me asking where she was,” Aguilar said.

Aguilar hit by this dark sedan, while crossing the road, here at Monterey Street and Olive Avenues.

“The initial car that struck her, that knocked her to the ground, fled the scene,” Madera Police Department Sgt. Mark Trukki said.

The car seen in surveillance video, released to us by Madera Police.

They say the driver is seen traveling faster than normal traffic. Then, seen driving down Olive Avenue, 34 seconds before the crash.

At some point after, police say the driver gets out, and checks the damage.

Then, leaves.

“He or she knew they were in an accident, and failed to remain at the scene, and speak to us,” Trukki said.

On the side of the sedan, what looks like the letters, “R-E-M,” but police warn, it’s not.

Trukki says, that’s only because of pixilation and the movement of the vehicle, when captured in photo.

“We believe it’s some kind of writing and possible phone number for a business,” Trukki said.

Aguilar and his family trying to stay positive; with a message, to whoever hit Jenny.

“If you’re a human at heart, if you’re a true man, if you’re a, it doesn’t matter if you’re a woman, you should just turn yourself in,” Aguilar said.

Police say, based on car parts found on scene, the car is a dark-colored Hyundai Elantra, year 2011 or 2016, with front damage to the driver’s side.

Anyone with more information, should call the Madera Police Department.

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