10-year-old boy killed in Salinas hit-and-run identified

SALINAS (BCN) — A child who died of his injuries in a hit-and-run collision last month in Salinas has been identified as 10-year-old David Ramirez, police said.

Ramirez was with a group of neighbors crossing North Sanborn Road to a home across the street on Kilbreth Avenue for a Christmas celebration shortly before 7 p.m. on Dec. 22, police Sgt. Gerry Ross said.

The boy was the last person crossing the road and was hit by a compact vehicle that passed up another car, which had stopped for the group in front of La Paz Middle School, police said.

Ramirez was thrown 110 to 120 feet away before he landed on the street and was transported to Natividad Medical Center for multiple injuries, including one to his head, Ross said.

He was later taken to a Bay Area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 26, police said.

The compact vehicle, described as a gray or silver with two doors, fled north on Sanborn Road, according to police.

A person later contacted police to report a possible sighting of the car, which matched the description provided by officers and had damage consistent with hitting a person, police said.

Officers were able to track down the car’s owner and arrested 24-year-old Juan Pedro Rodriguez at his Salinas home a day after the collision, Ross said.

Rodriguez was booked into Monterey County Jail, where he is being held on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit-and-run resulting in death or injury, driving without a license, violation of probation, and participating in a criminal street gang, according to jail records.

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