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Aug 27, 2013 1:51 AM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Family says van struck by Central Coast Bandit suspect

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says, while the woman suspected of being the Central Coast Bandit was trying to get away last week, she ran into a vehicle at 24th and Riverside in Paso Robles.

Marcos Jimenez says he and his family were in the minivan that was struck.

He says his wife, Serina, was driving that day. Their six-month-old daughter and six-year-old son were also in the van.

Jimenez says they were on their way to get gas, but found the intersection at 24th and Riverside blocked by the California Highway Patrol.

"Thirty seconds after we stopped, we felt the hit on the back," described Jimenez. "Whoever was driving the other vehicle hit us, and kept going, didn't even stop, just pushed us out of the way, completely out of the road, pushed us out of the road, kept going."

After the crash, Jimenez says officers told them the driver of the other vehicle was a suspected bank robber.

Jimenez says his wife had an anxiety attack after the crash and has had to see the chiropractor.

Their van can still be driven, but the tail-lights are smashed and part of the bumper came off.

Jimenez says they don't have a lot of money to pay the bills.

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