Family Involved In Hit And Run Speak Out

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 19, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. ( WKBW ) It was a devastating scene on Hyde Park Blvd in Niagara Falls after a mother and son were hit by a car. Now, that mother is being called a hero.

"She pushed her son out of the way, and took the full impact so she could save her son," the mother of victim Dana Rivers told Eyewitness News.

Dana Rivers is calling her daughter Nicole Rodriguez, 26, a hero.

Rodriguez and her son Christopher Pelfrey, 7, were struck by a vehicle around 10p.m. Monday night. Authorities said the driver fled the scene, leaving the mother and son lying helpless on the ground.

"She was walking across the street. I don't know where the car came from, but witnesses say she pushed her son out of the way of the car," Rivers said.

The boy was rushed to Women and Children's Hospital with minor scrapes and bruises, while Rodriguez was brought to ECMC, suffering life-threatening injuries.

"My daughter was a wonderful mother. She cared a lot about her kids, both her kids. She has one child that is in the hospital seven-years-old and she has a little two-year-old daughter," Rivers said.

Now, those who live and work nearby, including Willy Emmons, said something must to be done. Emmons said the street is dangerous especially at the bottom of the hill where the tragedy happened.

"They're going pretty fast coming down that hill, which is a 30 mile per hour zone. It causes a lot of problems because people can't get across and people can't get their cars into the intersection," Emmons said.

Meanwhile, Rivers said her grandson is recovering, requesting one special person.

"He's asking for his mommy, " Rivers said.

She had this to say to her daughter.

"Me and your father both pray for you and the kids. We love you both," Rivers said.

Police are looking for an older model maroon vehicle described as "Boxy." It likely has front-end damage and possibly a broken window. If you have information call the Niagara Falls Police Traffic Division at 286-4563.