The California Highway Patrol is looking for the father who fled Tuesday evening from a hit-and-run collision in Madera, leaving behind his four injured children.
The driver, identified as Rafael Cortez, 31, may have been under the influence of alcohol when he failed to negotiate a left turn from northbound Hanover Drive to westbound Avenue 19, slamming his 1999 Volkswagen Jetta into a barbed wire fence, causing the vehicle to roll multiple times, the CHP said.
He then fled the scene of the 6:20 p.m. crash, leaving behind his four children, ages 7 to 13. The severely injured children are being treated at Valley Children’s Hospital.
Anyone with knowledge of Cortez’s whereabouts is asked to call the Madera California Highway Patrol office at (559) 675-1025.
Megan Ginise: (559) 441-6614