RPD traffic officers identified and arrested the driver of the blue Ford Explorer and the vehicle has also been located, officials say.
This comes after the unthinkable happened on Friday. Richmond Police say a hit-and-run driver struck 4-year-old Heitor as the family was getting out of their car near their home on Coalinga Avenue.
"He didn't help, he ran away, I saw my son on the floor," said Jaiane Carreiro through a translator.
“You took an innocent life.” Heartbroken Richmond mom pleads for suspected hit & run driver who killed her 4-year-old son Hector to come forward. @RichmondPolice looking for blue, older model 2-door Ford Explorer w/ front damage. https://t.co/LTAv2JRpLS pic.twitter.com/cFRrperxMy— Cornell Barnard (@CornellBarnard) February 8, 2020
Neighbor Quincy McCrary witnessed the incident.
"I looked up and heard a bang, the car came to a stop, I looked up and made eye contact with him," said McCrary.
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"You took an innocent life, if you stopped to help, he could be with me now, alive," she said.
Richmond police thank the community who assisted in making the arrest possible after posting a description of the suspect's vehicle on Facebook for help in locating the suspect.
In the meantime, neighbors on Coalinga Avenue say cars drive too fast, and they are urging city officials to install speed bumps.