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Three trick-or-treating kids hit by vehicles in Santa Rosa

"The puddle made my pants wet," said 4-year-old Nicky Ringstad, recalling some key moments of what happened after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver while trick-or-treating Wednesday night.

He was one of three children hit by cars within minutes of 7:30 p.m. on a dark, rainy Halloween.

No details were immediately available about the conditions of the other two -- a 4-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother -- who were struck and injured in a crosswalk at Dutton Avenue and West Eighth Street. But authorities earlier said their injuries were non-life-threatening.

Police did not return calls Thursday about whether an arrest had been made or a suspect identified in Nicky's case.

The chatty, black-haired boy was discharged from hospital after three hours.

He had been dressed as Batman when he was hit by a car backing out of driveway a few doors away from the Ringstads' home on Echo Lake Way. The street is short, quiet and just west of A Place to Play sports field complex on West Third Street.

The car's driver "was in the driveway talking to the guy who lived there and we were walking by trick-or-treating when he backed out really fast," said Nicky's father, Bill Ringstad.

"On the sidewalk, walking on the sidewalk," added Qing Ringstad, Nicky's mother.

The driver then sped off across a lawn, headed down Fulton View, a short spur of a road, then onto West Third Street and away, Bill Ringstad said.

The resident of the house, whom police questioned, said he knew at least the man's first name, Ringstad said. No one was home at the house Thursday, but tracks were visible on the lawn.


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