On February 7th Heitor, a 4-year-old boy, was hit in front of his home in Richmond on Coalinga Avenue. His father was just feet away, retrieving something from a parked vehicle in a driveway when the crash happened. A blue-green metallic Ford Explorer sped down the residential street, hitting the child and knocking him into the air. The crash created such noise that Heitor’s mother heard it from inside the home and rushed out immediately.
Neighbors came to the aid along with Heitor’s parents Jaiane and Maruo Carreiro immediately. The child was flown to a nearby hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. These accidents leave families broken, and when the driver failed to stop, it made everything worse. The crash happened on Friday, and news of the young child’s death aired on Saturday. By Saturday night, the driver had turned himself into Richmond police.
The police had also aired detailed information about the vehicle, which was obtained by the father who was present at the scene and from nearby surveillance footage. The blue-green Ford Explorer had aftermarket chrome rims and a sticker in the lower-left corner of the back window. It’s possible that the suspect turned himself in knowing that police would eventually identify his vehicle or for any number of other reasons.
The Richmond Police Department has not yet released the suspect’s name or mugshot. They have not provided further information on the charges, either only that this man turned himself in and is now within police custody.
Neighbors along Coalinga Avenue report that speed in the area is exceptionally common. It’s possible that Richmond could evaluate the possibility of adding speeding signs, bumps, or other methods of making drivers aware of their speed to the area.
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