BAKERSFIELD, California (May 2, 2016) — A 9-year-old boy identified as Justin Paz was struck and killed by a driver accelerating out of his driveway Monday morning at Lincoln Avenue and Grant Drive, a California Highway Patrol report said.
The fatal crash took place about 8:25 a.m. this morning, just blocks away from the North Beardsley Elementary School. Paramedics responded and transported the injured child to Kern Medical Center, but it appears the victim died of their injuries. The boy’s 13-year-old brother Gabriel Paz was also hit by the car and suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
According to the Bakersfield Californian, the two boys were struck by their mother’s boyfriend Tony Ronald Santiago, 38, who was backing his 1999 Oldsmobile Bravada out of a driveway as they and their mother attempted to stop him. Santiago and the boys’ mother had been engaged in an argument and he was allegedly upset and trying to leave in a hurry. As he sped away from the home he also knocked over a fire hydrant and a fence.
The crash is under investigation by police to determine the cause and liability.
We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy. We offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of this child during such a difficult time.
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