Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Sonoma County prosecutors have filed charges against a Hispanic driver who ran over a 4-year-old boy in a Santa Rosa crosswalk and then sped off
Marcos Lopez Garcia, 22, was charged in Superior Court with felony hit-and-run as well as two misdemeanors, vehicular manslaughter and driving without a valid license. Garcia, who is being held without bail because federal officials suspect him of being an illegal immigrant, has two previous arrests for driving without a license, records show. Five days before the crash, police said, he was told not to drive until a court appearance in October 2011. Garcia was charged in connection with the crash that killed 4-year-old Christopher "Buddy" Rowe of Santa Rosa, who was on his way to soccer practice. Christopher was hit while crossing with his mother, his twin sister and his 6-year-old sister. He clung to life at Children's Hospital Oakland, but "his heart finally gave way", his family said in a statement.