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Gloria Ruiz recognized for helping 3 accident victims

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Gloria Ruiz recognized for helping 3 accident victims

Lathrop Police Chief Danelle Hohe, left, with Gloria Ruiz who was honored by the Lathrop City Council for assisting accident victims.

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POSTED May 9, 2014 1:46 a.m.

LATHROP — It would have been really easy for Gloria Ruiz to just keep driving. 

After all, it was her daughter’s birthday and she was on the way with her to Target to partake in one of the joys of being a parent — letting her pick out a present to cap off what had by all accounts been a great day. 

Sure she had just seen a car hit three pedestrians. “It couldn’t have been that bad” would have been rationale enough to keep driving. “I’ll just call the police on my way” would be another.

She didn’t do that.

Ruiz stopped her car, made sure the three kids — they weren’t even adults — were okay, and gave them a ride home.

She made sure to copy down the license plate number. The vehicle that struck the boys didn’t stop.

All in all that was enough to earn praise.

But when she saw the suspect’s car at Tower Mart on her way home and she called 911 back. She was able to parlay enough information to effect an arrest.

Last week the Lathrop City Council presented Ruiz with an Outstanding Citizens Award, and Lathrop Police Chief Danelle Hohe was presented her with a department challenge coin.

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