A 4-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle in a west Santa Rosa crosswalk Thursday evening died in a hospital this morning, Santa Rosa police Sgt. Rich Celli said. Police have not identified the victim but arrested 22-year-old Marcos Lopez Garcia of Santa Rosa later Thursday for felony hit-and-run. Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court.
Following the boy’s death, additional charges are now expected to be filed against him. Garcia does not have a current driver’s license and has two prior arrests for driving without a license, Celli said. The boy was struck around 6 p.m. in the crosswalk at West Ninth Street and Rockwell Place. He was taken to a nearby hospital then flown to Children’s Hospital in Oakland where he died. Witnesses said the boy and his family were crossing West Ninth Street in the crosswalk when the car hit the boy and fled.
A citizen who was listening to a police radio spotted the suspect and a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle in Finley Park not far from the incident. The suspect was seen peeling window decals off the car’s rear window, Celli said. The citizen said he saw a woman in a Volvo sedan pick up the driver and flee, Celli said. The citizen also provided the license plate of the Volvo and its direction of travel, Celli said. Police found the suspect standing next to the Volvo in the 500 block of Sonoma Avenue in east Santa Rosa around 7:50 p.m., Celli said. The suspect gave information that confirmed his involvement in the hit-and-run and was arrested. Garcia was being held in Sonoma County Jail under $500,000 bail before the boy died.
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