Arrest Made in Hit-Run That Killed Toddler

A 53-year-old man was arrested in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 2-year-old boy who spent days in a coma, police said.

Jose Enrique Vasquez, of San Bernarndino, was arrested in connection with the Sept. 1 crash that killed Jonathan Montes, police said. He faces charges of felony hit-and-run, causing death, authorities said.

Jonathan was struck after playing with his 5-year-old brother in their driveway on Perris Hill Road in San Bernardino. When the boy, nicknamed JR, saw their uncle standing across the street from their home, he darted into the path of a speeding car.

The impact sent the boy flying 100 feet down the road.

The child's mother performed CPR until paramedics arrived. He was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Police said surveillance video led them to the car involved, a silver Toyota Echo with front-end damage. He is not the owner of the car but he allegedly was the driver, police said.

The suspect, who has a prior drug conviction and does not have a California driver's license, told police he didn't stop because he was afraid.

Had he stopped things could have been very different, said CHP Officer Brian Alvarez.

"Now he's facing felony charges," Alvarez said.

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