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Toddler in critical condition after Cedar Rapids hit & run crash

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A Cedar Rapids toddler is in critical condition Monday from a weekend hit and run crash.

It happened early Saturday morning about 12:34 AM at the intersection of Edgewood Road and 16 Avenue Southwest.   Police say Bonnie Sawyer, 47, of Cedar Rapids was stopped at a flashing red light in her Ford Taurus with her daughter Marles Cox-Sawyer, 21, and her grandaughter Zaria Cox, 21 months. That's when police say a Chevy S10 Blazer that was also headed northbound ran into the rear end of Sawyer's vehicle. Police says the driver of that car took off from the scene. 

Although police say the car seat carrying Zaria Cox was installed properly, the toddler was seriously hurt. Zaria was taken to Mercy Hospital where she was then transported to the U of I and is in Critical Condition as of Monday afternoon.

A short time later, officers in the area noticed a man that began running when they saw police. Officers caught this subject at Williams Boulevard and Trent Street Southwest, just a short distance from the hit and run scene.

Officers found the suspect's vehicle at 20 Avenue and Edgewood Road Southwest.  Police have identified the driver of the S10 Blazer as Travis Boyles, 31, from Hiawatha, IA.

Right now, Boyles is charged with Serious Injury by Vehicle, Driving while License Under Suspension, Interference with Official Acts and No Insurance.  Charges are still pending in regards to the crash.  Boyles is being held in the Jones County Jail still.   The crash is still under investigation.

Online Producer: JJ Murray

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