Police are Searching for Man Who Killed a Toddler in Hit-and-Run Accident in Daytona Beach, Florida
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – According to an online news report at 35orlando.com, law enforcement in Volusia County indicate that a toddler is dead due to a hit-and-run accident.*
Per authorities, a toddler has died after a hit-and run crash. There has been a massive search for the suspect who hit a toddler and then fled the scene of the accident. Police are currently attempting to find the driver who left the scene and killed the child.
The hit-and-run accident occurred close to North Charles Street at George W. Engram Boulevard. Per authorities, they are searching by air and on the ground for the suspect. A tow truck took the suspect’s vehicle who left it at the scene of the accident before fleeing the scene on foot.
"We have a suspect [as a man], born in 1989. We have charges right now of leaving the scene of an accident and causing death, and driving without a driver's license," said the Daytona Beach Police chief. "We're looking for him right now, and we're going through our normal protocols and investigation. We have to do some work on the vehicle and finish interviewing some witnesses."
The chief notes that law enforcement believe that the crash was an accident. From the evidence at the scene, the suspect appeared to have backed up into the child and after realizing what happened, he fled the scene.
Per the chief, “ I don't know it was out of fear or under the influence of some type of substance. He fled on foot.” According to the police, the victim was just 22-months-old. The family of the child do not know the suspect.
"We feel comfortable we have the right person. We talked to the passenger in the vehicle who also identified himself. Now we just gotta make sure we go back and do our due diligence and process the vehicle right, make sure we get all the statements together," the chief added.
Anyone who may know the whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-TIPS (8477).
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