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* Christopher Rowe 4-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run on Ninth Street in Santa Rosa

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Santa Rosa police today identified a 4-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run collision Thursday.Christopher Rowe was struck at around 6 p.m. while crossing West Ninth Street near Rockwell Place with his mother, Michelle Rowe, 45, and his two siblings, a 6-year-old sister and a 4-year-old twin sister. Christopher was rushed to a local hospital and then flown to Oakland Children’s Hospital for treatment, but died from his injuries sometime before Friday morning.

Police arrested a suspect shortly after the collision, 22-year-old Marcos Lopez Garcia of Santa Rosa, for felony hit-and-run. He is being held in Sonoma County Jail without bail. His bail before the boy died was $500,000. Garcia’s arraignment is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court. Additional charges are expected to be filed against him.

Police found Garcia after Leroy Flach, of Santa Rosa, was listening to a police radio and spotted a car matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle and the suspect in Finley Park not far from the incident. Flach saw the suspect peeling a decal off the car’s rear window, Celli said. Flach said he then saw a woman in a Volvo sedan pick up the driver and flee, Celli said.

He also provided the license plate of the Volvo and its direction of travel, Celli said. Police found Garcia across town standing next to the Volvo in the 500 block of Sonoma Avenue around 7:50 p.m. Thursday, Celli said. According to police, Garcia gave information that confirmed his involvement in the hit-and-run and was arrested. Garcia does not have a current driver’s license and has two prior arrests for driving without a license, Celli said.

The most recent Sonoma County Superior Court records show he was cited on June 25, 2010, for driving without a license and insurance. He pleaded no contest on July 27, 2010, and was given a 12-month conditional sentence that expired on July 27 this year.

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