Toddler Thrown from Car Crash Survives, Accused Hit-Run Driver Locked Up

A 2011 booking photo of Skyler Chad Siva, 21, of Bermuda Dunes, released by Palm Springs police Aug. 30, 2013.
A 2011 booking photo of Skyler Chad Siva, 21, of Bermuda Dunes, released by Palm Springs police Aug. 30, 2013.
A 1-year-old boy was thrown from a car crash Thursday night in Palm Springs and an alleged hit-and-run driver was locked up in Banning, a police lieutenant said.

Officers responded to the crash at 8:29 p.m. Aug. 29 State Route 111 and Dinah Shore Drive/East Mesquite Avenue, Lt. Mike Kovaleff said in a statement.

Police determined a silver 2012 Fiat 500 was southbound on the 111 and struck a blue 1987 Acura Legend traveling west on Dinah Shore, Kovaleff said. The suspected driver and lone occupant of the Fiat ran from the scene before police got there.

"A one year old male passenger in the Acura Legend, who had been properly secured within a child restraint system, was ejected from the vehicle while remaining within the child restraint system," Kovaleff said. "The child was transported to a local hospital in serious but stable condition."

The man driving the Acura sustained minor injuries and was treated and released, Kovaleff said. There were no other passengers in the Acura Legend.

About 10 p.m. Thursday, the suspected driver of the Fiat returned to the scene. He was identified as Skyler Chad Siva, 21, of Bermuda Dunes, Kovaleff said. Siva was later transported to a local hospital due to minor injuries.

"During the ongoing investigation, PSPD had probable cause to believe Siva was driving the Fiat 500 during the injury traffic collision," Kovaleff said.

Siva was released from the hospital and he was arrested at 12:31 a.m. Friday Aug. 30, Kovaleff said. Siva was then taken to Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Police intended to charge Siva with felony hit and run, injury traffic collision; misdemeanor driving while license suspended for DUI; and three misdemeanor probation violations, Kovaleff said.

"The cause of this traffic collision remains under investigation and it is unknown at this stage of the investigation if alcohol or drug impairment were a factor," Kovaleff said. "The intersection was closed for several hours during the investigation."

Anybody with more info was urged to call the Palm Springs Police Department Traffic Bureau at (760) 323-8125 or Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-STOP (7867).


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