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BPD searching for witnesses after 2-year-old flew out of moving car, driver flees scene

Police say Pantoja was arrested and booked in to the Ada County Jail for three counts felony injury to child, felony probation violation, and misdemeanor driving without privileges. The driver was identified by police as Cesar Cabana, 57, of Boise who was arrested for felony leaving the scene of an accident and three counts of injury to a child. (Photo courtesy Ada County Sheriff)

Boise Police are looking for more information involving a case of a child who fell out of a car, and slid into the roadway Friday.

Police say after the incident, the driver drove off leaving the child behind.

Boise Police say the vehicle was turning onto State Street from Collister, when the car's backseat door flew open. That's when officers say a two-year-old and his car seat flew out of the vehicle and slid across the road.

The child is OK, but he did have significant road rash to his face and knees.

Police have arrested two adults when they say the vehicle finally returned to the scene. But they'd like to speak to the person who helped rescue the child from the intersection.

The driver of the vehicle came back and dropped off the child's mother identified as 25-year-old Ashley Pantoja and left the scene.

Following an investigation officers learned that there were two other children in the back seat of the car who were not properly restrained. Pantoja was arrested on a warrant and following further investigation three additional charges were filed Wednesday for felony injury to a child.

Pantoja was arrested and booked in to the Ada County Jail.

The driver was identified by police as Cesar Cabana Ripoyla, 57, of Boise who was arrested for felony leaving the scene of an accident and three counts of injury to a child.

Officers were able to speak with multiple witnesses on the scene but are still looking to speak with the man who rescued the child from the road. The only description of him is that he was wearing a green shirt. Officers are asking that man and any other witnesses who have not yet spoken with police to call Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.

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