Driver Faces Charges in Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

A four-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries on Friday after he was hit in a crosswalk by a car. The boy was with his mother, twin sister and older sister on the way to soccer practice last Thursday at about 6:00 pm when he was struck. The driver did not stop and fled the scene.

Police now say that they have apprehended the suspected hit-and-run driver. According to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle, a civilian heard the police report the crash on his police scanner and noticed the suspect's vehicle at a nearby park.

The civilian said that he witnessed the suspect remove a San Francisco Giants decal from the rear window and then get into another car driven by someone else. The civilian then called the police with the license plate number and the police were able to arrest the suspect within two hours.

Police report that the suspect has two previous arrests for driving without a license. Just five days before the fatal hit-and-run the suspect was ordered not to drive before his next court appearance in October. The suspect is facing numerous charges including vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run. He is being held without bail as federal authorities indicate that he is also suspected of being n undocumented immigrant.

It has not yet been reported whether the family will initiate a civil wrongful death, or other action against the driver. While there is no way to fully compensate a family for the tragic and senseless loss of a child, hopefully gaining some measure of justice can be gained in holding the responsible party accountable.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Santa Rosa man charged in hit-run death of boy, 4" Demian Bulwa, Aug. 23, 2011

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