May 26, 2021 – Modesto, California: An 18-month-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run accident by Santiago Martinez in Modesto on Friday, May 21, 2021, according to California Highway Patrol. The fatal incident occurred on Glenn Avenue near Ustick Road around approximately 5 pm.
California Highway Patrol believes a Toyota sedan was traveling westbound on Glenn Avenue when the 18-month-old boy walked onto the road before being impacted by the sedan. The driver of the Toyota sedan has been identified as 21-year-old Santiago Martinez by investigators who allege he continued driving after hitting the 18-month-old boy.
After the incident, witnesses followed the Toyota sedan for approximately a mile and eventually made contact with the driver. The driver of the Toyota sedan then returned to the scene.
The 18-month-old boy was taken to the hospital where he sadly later died from his injuries.
After the 18-month-old boy was killed in the accident, Santiago Martinez was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, according to California Highway Patrol. Neither drugs nor alcohol are currently believed to have been a factor in the crash.
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