Video shows hit-and-run that injured 2 children

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WARNING: The above video may be considered graphic to some viewers. 

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities have released surveillance video of a driver who hit two children and fled the scene in Kalamazoo.

Officers say a 4-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl were crossing Race Street Tuesday night with their father and dog when a dark-colored minivan heading east on Egleston Avenue hit them and drove off.

“Witnesses described they heard the vehicle accelerate rapidly from a stop position with the tires squealing and then they heard screaming,” said Kalamazoo Public Safety Cpt. Ledbetter.

Both children were taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital. Wednesday, the boy’s condition improved from critical to stable and the 2-year-old was released from hospital.

The suspect vehicle is possibly a 2001 to 2007 Dodge/Chrysler minivan, possibly brown or burgundy. The father of the children asked 24 Hour News 8 to air the full video to help authorities find the suspect.

“We’ve all run over small animals or squirrels rabbits and we know the sound it makes when you hit them, there’s no way you can convince me that this person who was driving the car that didn’t realize that they hit something pretty big,” said Ledbetter.

Kalamazoo police are also looking for the victims’ dog Piper, a white Pitbull with brown spots and a distinctive spot over the left eye. The dog ran away during the incident and has not been seen since.

Anyone with information in this case or have seen Piper is asked to call call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.