Dallas police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who ran over and killed a 3-year-old boy.
Police have a good idea who they're looking for in the deadly accident in a busy strip mall parking lot Sunday afternoon. The toddler's family is asking for the driver to surrender.
The little boy was in Dallas with his mother and grandparents attending a family reunion. They were about to head back home to Witchita, Kansas when they decided to stop for food. Minutes later, the boy was dead. Witnesses say the hit-and-run driver never slowed down.
Celeste Villalobos is mourning the loss of her nephew, Jorge Neri.
“What he did was wrong. He should've at least stopped and see what he did,” she said. “Seeing him laying down on the floor it just hurt me.
According to Villalobos, Jorge went with his grandparents to the Chicken-N-Rice store located off West Northwest Highway near the Web Chapel Extension in northwest Dallas around 3:30 pm. Villalobos says the family was walking back to their car when a man in a black Chevy pickup LTZ hit Jorge in the parking lot and kept on going.
“He was going super fast as if he were on the freeway,” said witness Beth Alvarez.
Beth Alvarez works at a tax office in the same shopping plaza. Alvarez didn't see the impact but heard the commotion. Immediately after, she saw the pickup truck speed through the parking lot and continue north on the Web Chapel extension towards Interstate 25. She ran out to help.
“I couldn't believe it was actually happening. It was a nightmare,” Alvarez said. “I saw a truck going by really fast, and the grandpa was going after the truck. And when I came out, the little body was just lying on the floor and the grandmother was just devastated crying and screaming. Then, the mom came not even 5 minutes later. And when she saw the body, she just threw herself to the ground and started rolling. It was horrible.”
Dallas police believe the registered owner of the black pick-up truck, identified as 24-year-old Ramon Garcia-Ruiz, was driving at the time of the incident. They want to talk to him. The license plate on the black Chevy pickup up is LCM2124.
Anyone who knows where Garcia-Ruiz is asked to contact Detective Clark with the Dallas Police Department.