CASTRO VALLEY (KRON) — Police officials released a mug shot of the suspect driver, Daniel Morris, 29, of Castro Valley, who was arrested Wednesday morning for hitting the young boy with a stolen car and fleeing the scene on March 7, police said.
He was arrested early Wednesday morning at a hotel in Hayward only a few miles from the crash scene, an Alameda County sheriff’s sergeant said.
A joint law enforcement effort including the sheriff’s office, the California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service tracked 29-year-old Daniel Morris, identified as a suspect in the March 7 crash, to a hotel in the 21800 block of Foothill Boulevard near the Hayward-Castro Valley border, sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
Morris was taken into custody without incident at 1:15 a.m., Kelly said
He is being held on $70,000 bail on charges related to the hit-and-run and an outstanding warrant, according to jail records. Kelly said he has a history of auto theft and is “well-known” to the Alameda County Auto Theft Task Force.
The boy was struck while walking to school with his grandmother in the 4000 block of Meadowview Drive.
The car hit the boy before striking a pole. The boy was momentarily trapped underneath the vehicle.
The suspect fled the scene and left behind a Ford Fusion, which investigators discovered was stolen.
The boy was taken to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland with severe injuries.
HIT-AND-RUN: Boy struck by driver in stolen car
The family does not want to talk to the media or release a statement even though there has been an arrest.
The boy’s lower left leg was amputated and he is still recovering at the hospital, his family said.
The Fusion was one of five cars that was stolen from a the Livermore Ford Lincoln earlier that morning.
The car had been stolen during a “slightly sophisticated” burglary in Livermore earlier that day, according to police. Four or five suspects stole five cars that were awaiting service at the Livermore Ford Lincoln dealership between 12:39 and 1:57 a.m.
Investigators are still looking into whether Morris was involved in the earlier burglary.
Morris is set to appear in court on Friday afternoon for arraignment, according to jail records.
Bay City News contributed to this report