A man was arrested on suspicion of striking a 4-year-old boy with his car and then fleeing the scene in Santa Rosa on Thursday evening, police said. The boy was struck shortly after 6 p.m. in the crosswalk at the intersection of West Ninth Street and Rockwell Place, near Jacobs Park. He was taken to a nearby hospital and then flown to Children’s Hospital in Oakland for treatment, police said.
The boy’s condition was not immediately available this morning. Witnesses told police that the boy and family members had been crossing West Ninth Street in the crosswalk when a car drove through and hit him and then fled. Shortly afterward, police received a report that an uninvolved citizen listening to the police radio frequency had spotted the car and suspect at Finley Park in Santa Rosa.
The suspect was seen peeling window decals off of the rear window, police said. He was then picked up by a woman in a silver Volvo sedan and the pair drove away. Police were told the license plate number and where the car was headed, according to police. Around 7:50 p.m., officers located the suspect standing next to a Volvo sedan with a female at an apartment in the 500 block of Sonoma Avenue, and the pair matched descriptions police had received.
The suspect was detained and allegedly confirmed his involvement in the hit-and-run, police said. Officers arrested Marcos Lopez Garcia, 22, of Santa Rosa, on suspicion of felony hit-and-run. He was booked into Sonoma County Jail on $500,000 bail. Police said Garcia is unlicensed and has two prior arrests for driving without a driver’s license.
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