Some stories just break your heart.
A Victorville boy is dead, all because someone had to get drunk and get behind the wheel in the middle of the day.
Allegedly, of course.
According to the Victorville Daily Press, a 15-year old boy was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in downtown Victorville Monday afternoon.
The victim, who hasn’t been publicly identified, was headed west on C Street at Fifth Street, when he was run down by a driver traveling south on Fifth around 2:01 pm.
He was taken to a local hospital, where he died at 3:19 pm.
A photo from the scene shows what appears to be a mangled mountain bike resting on the curb.
The driver apparently continued without stopping. Sheriff’s deputies arrested 29-year old Victorville resident Hector Castro Loaeza later that night.
Loaeza was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence causing death, hit and run resulting in death, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He’s currently being held on $150,000 bond.
There’s no word on what led investigators to Loaeza, or how they know he was drunk at the time of the crash, when he wasn’t arrested until hours earlier.
C Street is a narrow residential street controlled by a stop sign, while Fifth is the sort of straight, uncontrolled roadway that encourages excessive speeds.
Anyone with information is urged to call Deputies C. Bennington or M. Lee at the Victorville Sheriff’s Station at 760/241-2911.
This is at least the 61st bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the seventh that I’m aware of in San Bernardino County.
Update: The victim has been identified as 15-year old Ricardo Serrano, who was killed less than a mile from his school.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for the victim and all his family and loved ones.