FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A suspected hit-and-run driver struck and killed a two-year-old boy Tuesday night south of Fresno as officers seek the public’s help to find who did it, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officers received a report of a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian around 8:35 p.m. in front of a residence near 5600 S. Chestnut Avenue, just south of American Avenue. Family members told officers that a two-year-old child ran from inside the residence and into the southbound lane of Chestnut Avenue. Officers say the mother tried to stop him.
“Ran after the child but couldn’t get to it before it ran in the roadway directly into the van,” said Officer Mike Salas.
The CHP reported that he was then struck by a vehicle suspected to be a white GMC van. The suspect vehicle continued south on Chestnut without stopping.
Fresno County Coroner’s Office identified the child as 2-year-old Aidan Amariba-Gonzalvez of Fresno.
The incident is under investigation. It is unknown at this time whether alcohol or drugs played a factor in the collision. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the CHP on 559-262-0400.