Male Suspect Charged and Arrested for Killing Two-Year-Old Boy
53-year-old San Bernardino resident has been arrested for a hit-and-run crash that killed a 2-year-old boy in San Bernardino early September, California Highway Patrol stated Wednesday.
A family member described the tragedy to authorities; the boy had seen his uncle on the other side of the street and was jetting across to greet him when he was hit by a car. 53-year-old Jose Enrique Vasquez was arrested on suspicion of a felony hit-and-run crash that caused the death of 2-year-old Jonathan Montes, who was hit while he crossed the street in front of his home on September 1st.
California Highway Patrol investigators used video to determine the vehicle involved which was a Toyota Echo, Vasquez was later identified as the alleged driver who drove the vehicle, CHP Officer Brian Alvarez stated at a news conference Wednesday.
He added that Vasquez was driving the vehicle, that was registered to someone else who lived near the area of the San Bernardino crash. Vasquez does not have a California driver license.
It hasn’t been revealed whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. The boy was declared brain dead two days after being hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The boy sustained a broken neck, brain swelling, bruised kidneys, and fluid was filling the right lung. Vasquez was being held on a $50,000 bail at the West Valley Detention Center.
Authorities revealed the vehicle that struck the boy was traveling about 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. The collision sent the boy airborne, flying 100 feet before he landed on the pavement, according to investigators.
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