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5:41 PM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's a frightening scenario for any one of us: being hit by another driver, nearly losing your life and having that driver just leave the scene. That was one mother's reality this week. Police say someone hit her car as she drove with her six-month-old baby in the back seat. Now they need your help finding the person responsible.

Ian is considered to be a miracle baby. His parents had some difficulties having a child. They tried for 10 years. And just six months ago, he came along.

On Monument Road, Patrizia Nemanic said she nearly lost her child and her own life during a hit and run accident.

"He just came so quick," said Nemanic. "He didn't even push the break!"

According to a police report, what appeared to be a dark colored Nissan Murano recklessly sped down the road Monday afternoon, around 5 p.m.

Nemanic said it slammed right into her, sending her car spinning out of control.

"My first thought was about the baby," said Nemanic. "I was so worried about him. He cried right away. I didn't know if he as OK. But I couldn't move because my car was spinning."

Nemanic and little Ian ended up hitting a palm tree. You can still see the dents. And the damage to her car is clearly visible. Her bumper now hangs, and the left back passenger's side where Ian sat is smashed in. Yet this mother of one is grateful. She believes hitting that palm tree saved their lives.

"If we ended up on the other side of the road, we don't know if we would be alive at this point," said Nemanic.

A witness gave JSO a tag number for the suspect. But after running the plates, it came back with negative results. Right now it appears their hands are tied. But Nemanic is hopeful the person responsible will step up and do the right thing by turning himself in.

"I really hope they catch him because he can hurt someone else," said Nemanic. 

Police say the suspect's vehicle is a dark Nissan Murano with heavy front end damage. If you have any helpful information, contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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