Fatal Hit & Run Accident Investigation, Toddler Struck / 1300 Fayette Dr
Fatal Hit-Run Crash Investigation
Date/Time of Incident: May 8th, 2011, 6:08 p.m.
Locattion of Incident: 1355 Fayette Dr
Victim: Male, sixteen (16) months, of Fort Wayne
Suspect Vehicle: Black colored older four-door vehicle, in poor condition
At approximately 6:08 p.m. Officers of the Fort Wayne Police Department were dispatched on a 'problem unknown' call to 1355 Fayette Drive. Call-takers received a call of a baby dying. Upon arrival officers found that a child had been struck by a car. As with the call-takers, the Officers at the scene suffered a language barrier with the child's family. Medics arrived and transported the child to a local hospital in critical condition. The child was declared deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital.
What we have been able to piece together so far is that the child was playing in the parking lot near a grey Toyota van. The owner of the van began to back up and struck the child. The Owner of the van, a male adult, is not the child's father. The F.A.C.T. was called in and took over the investigation. There has been no arrest at this time.Update: The F.A.C.T team along with a Burmese translator have new information regarding this incident. After interviewing the driver of the Toyota van along with several other witnesses, it has been determined that the male adult driver and the Toyota van are not directly involved with the death of the child. At this time, we believe there was another vehicle that actually struck the child. The driver of the van found the child behind his van. According to witnesses there was an older four-door vehicle, black in color, in very poor shape that struck the child and left the scene. There was no description of the driver of that car nor was there a last seen direction of travel.
Any one with information about this case is asked to call the F.A.C.T. team Commander Lt. Tony Maze at 427-1373.
This case remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Coroner's Office, and the Allen County Prosecutor's Office.
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Fort Wayne Police Department