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Hit-and-run driver sought in death of 9-year-old boy

There are 33 comments on the LA Daily News story from Jun 4, 2008, titled Hit-and-run driver sought in death of 9-year-old boy. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Authorities this morning are seeking the public's help in finding a hit-and-run driver who killed a 9-year-old boy.

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Cyndi

Fontana, CA

#1 Jun 4, 2008
My question is, what are these families doing walking the streets with their small children at 12:04AM? It seems like these hit and runs usually happen late at night like this. Shouldn't children be in bed at that hour?

“Airborne mama on a oneway trip”

Since: Apr 08

Littlerock, Ca

#2 Jun 4, 2008
This is so sad. How could somebody run a chid over and not even stop. I saw a lady run a dog over and she stopped and picked up the dog and was going to take it to the animal hospital. This animal driving this car didn't even hit his breaks.. I hope they catch the POS, he deserves to go to prison for a long time.

Since: Jan 08

United States

#3 Jun 4, 2008
I saw the video on this and the kid and his parents are partly to blame. What you see is his family looking both ways before they cross. Their son was lagging behind. A few seconds later you see him dart out into the street without stopping to look for traffic and he gets hit. Granted the driver was speeding and should have stopped after the accident but that kid came out of nowhere. Driver needs to be locked up though for failing to stop.

“Airborne mama on a oneway trip”

Since: Apr 08

Littlerock, Ca

#4 Jun 4, 2008
Bob Kanczer wrote:
I saw the video on this and the kid and his parents are partly to blame. What you see is his family looking both ways before they cross. Their son was lagging behind. A few seconds later you see him dart out into the street without stopping to look for traffic and he gets hit. Granted the driver was speeding and should have stopped after the accident but that kid came out of nowhere. Driver needs to be locked up though for failing to stop.
I saw the video also and yes you are right, maybe the family should have waited for him. But I am sure they are reliving that moment, and torturing themselves with the guilt. Unlike the guy who hit him who didn't even have the decency to stop. I sincerly doubt he even feels remorse.
JLP91331

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Jun 4, 2008
En Paz Descanse Jesus!

Para La Familia Sanchez:
"Cuando alguien que usted ama se convierte en un recuerdo, el recuerdo se convierte en un tesoro. Dichosos los que lloran, porque seran consolados...Mateo 5:4"
JLP91331

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Jun 4, 2008
state RN wrote:
<quoted text> I saw the video also and yes you are right, maybe the family should have waited for him. But I am sure they are reliving that moment, and torturing themselves with the guilt. Unlike the guy who hit him who didn't even have the decency to stop. I sincerly doubt he even feels remorse.
Your right, the parents are probably reliving that moment and torturing themselves. It's sad to see such a young life taken away soo soon. The driver needs to be caught and brought to justice! No doubt the driver (could be male or female) was probably under the influence, fleeing another car, or just plain stupid!
Christina

United States

#7 Jun 4, 2008
I attended the party that Jesus Sanchez was leaving but we left 20 minutes before they did and I feel horrible for the Sanchez family. I have a 5 year old daughter and she does not move without me holding her hand. When I saw the video I thought to myself, "How could they let their son cross the street alone?" But maybe at 12:04 am his parents were tired from the party and didn't think clearly. I guess you just never think that anything like this will happen to you. I hope that the person that killed Jesus is caught and charged with man-slaughter but deep down I wish that Jesus's family could catch the driver first and give him or her the beating they deserve.
Cervelo

Rowland Heights, CA

#8 Jun 4, 2008
I'm wondering if the parents even saw the vehicle approaching. If so, why did they cross and not bother with the safety of their child? There where 4 adults and not one of them took the childs hand. Or did the vehicle come around the corner (if there was a corner) after the parents crossed while still not considering their childs safety.
This is a bit off topic but the childs' death made me think of this. For some reason, when I see Latin immigrant parents (I know for a fact that some of these parents I'm refering to are immigrants - not to put the Sanchez parents in my assumption), they typically don't pay much attention to their young child who usually ends up trailing behind which is something I've seen at stores and sometimes on the street. Maybe it's a Mexican thing(I say Mexican because most Latin immigrants here are from Mexico). Just my thoughts..
It's sad that this happened, but the parents are partially to blame for their negligence, and of course the driver deserves more than jail time.
JLP91331

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jun 4, 2008
Cervelo wrote:
I'm wondering if the parents even saw the vehicle approaching. If so, why did they cross and not bother with the safety of their child? There where 4 adults and not one of them took the childs hand. Or did the vehicle come around the corner (if there was a corner) after the parents crossed while still not considering their childs safety.
This is a bit off topic but the childs' death made me think of this. For some reason, when I see Latin immigrant parents (I know for a fact that some of these parents I'm refering to are immigrants - not to put the Sanchez parents in my assumption), they typically don't pay much attention to their young child who usually ends up trailing behind which is something I've seen at stores and sometimes on the street. Maybe it's a Mexican thing(I say Mexican because most Latin immigrants here are from Mexico). Just my thoughts..
It's sad that this happened, but the parents are partially to blame for their negligence, and of course the driver deserves more than jail time.
I hear you on the "kids trailing behind" thing, but it's not just a Mexican thing...it's all Latin cultures. The fact that you let your child walk 5 steps behind you is not ok! It bothers me too! All opinions aside, a death is a tragedy, no matter how it happened. Jesus was only 9, and now he's gone. There is no doubt the parents are reliving that horrible night in their heads. It's just terrible...
wally p

United States

#10 Jun 4, 2008
come on people it's 1:00 in the morn, no traffic, it quiet they're not expecting some sh!thead to come flying down the street. yes this is a terrible accident but don't go blaming the family. they feel bad enough, and any of us could have did the same thing leaving a party with family late at night
Rawdog

South Pasadena, CA

#11 Jun 4, 2008
Multiculturalism?

Since: Jan 08

United States

#12 Jun 4, 2008
wally p wrote:
come on people it's 1:00 in the morn, no traffic, it quiet they're not expecting some sh!thead to come flying down the street. yes this is a terrible accident but don't go blaming the family. they feel bad enough, and any of us could have did the same thing leaving a party with family late at night
Not blaming the family but they do share in the responsibility of making sure their 9yo kid crosses the street safely. And how did 12:04 become 1am? There's till plenty of traffic out at that time, more than likely drunk drivers. The driver is totally to blame for not stopping and should be punished for what he did. But come on man, the parents should have helpind him cross or at least taught him to not run out into the street
wally p

United States

#13 Jun 4, 2008
it's late probraly had a couple, in a rush to get home.the kid probraly high functioning. Stuff happens i can't blame the parents it just a horrible. someone knows who did this, it ain't snitching turn their assin!
Nedly Mandingo

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Jun 4, 2008
Poncho the cowboy demands traffic stop for him outside a crosswalk, then his retarded kid bolts across the street I am happy he died because he would have been a low life gnag member in a few years with that attitude that traffic stop for him. Guess what if you run in front of a car you could die, use crosswalks or risk getting flattened. It is a violation of Califronia law to cross the street outside of a crosswalk, this is called jay walking.

Ponchos don't care they stroll right out there like they own the raod guess what you lose sorry about your luck kid.

At least we won't have to pay for his healthcare with medi-cal.

Watch the video and the way they walk out there they got what they deserved.

What kind of parent doesn't cross the street with holding there kids hands, let alone leave them alone after midnight? Losers that is who.
Nedly Mandingo

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Jun 4, 2008
The driver is only guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, he was not at fault for the kid crossing. He is innocent of manslaughter charges, he did nothing to cause the accident.

Sheriffs ain't gonna have no luck catching this guy either.
JLP91331

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Jun 4, 2008
Nedly Mandingo wrote:
The driver is only guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, he was not at fault for the kid crossing. He is innocent of manslaughter charges, he did nothing to cause the accident.
Sheriffs ain't gonna have no luck catching this guy either.
WOW!! What happened to speeding, not stopping at an intersection, and yes, manslaughter. Think about it, if he wasn't speeding, things would have been different.
EasterBunny

Hacienda Heights, CA

#17 Jun 4, 2008
If only the driver had stopped I'm sure they'd probably let him go. If you watched the video you can see that the family walking across safely and the kid rushed into the street to catch up to his family. I'd lay the blame for the family on this one. I don't even let my kids walk a parking lot at a grocery store by themselves. I always have them by my side. I wouldn't be surprised if this driver was drunk which might explain why he didn't bother stopping. Yes I know it's sad that a young child lost his life but the driver wasn't to blame on this one. The family should have all crossed together. I'm Mexican and my parents never left we walk alone when I was a kid. We always stuck together. I'm not sure what type of upbringing you had or whom ever told you it was custom for Latin families to leave their kids behind it quite dumb.
wally p

United States

#18 Jun 4, 2008
JLP91331 wrote:
<quoted text>
WOW!! What happened to speeding, not stopping at an intersection, and yes, manslaughter. Think about it, if he wasn't speeding, things would have been different.
do you really belive that STUFF you're saying. mandingo thats sounds like a brother, if so you should know better. you sound as dumb as the people that hate you. you need to stopppp!
loops

Chicago, IL

#19 Jun 4, 2008
Nedly Mandingo, i live in east la and there is more of a chance that the person driving was "low life" gang banger then their is a chance that the poor kid would be. YOU sir are evil.
That driver left the scence because he/she was drunk or high and they have something to hide. the video clearly shows the kid darting out and the parents not paying attention, ANY reasonable person would have stopped...unless they were drunk. My guess is they'll turn themselves in a couple of days when the drugs have cleared in their system.
Nedly Mandingo

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Jun 4, 2008
You may be correct loops.
But by then you can't test them for bieng under the influence, all you got is a fleeing the scene nothing more.

Can you blame them for leaving out of fear of the family beating them? you never know these days.

You can't run out into the street and then expect a car to magically stop. As for speeding I can name a hundred streets that the speed limit is 35 and people drive 50-55 Victory Blvd is a perfect example, try driving that at 1 am and you will see the speedway it is.

I just don't get the sympathy for people who neglect there children then cry when something happens.

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