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18-month-old killed in Modesto hit-and-run

Witnesses followed the driver before catching up to him about a mile away, the CHP says.

MODESTO, Calif. — A 19-year-old man faces felony charges and an 18-month-old child has died following a hit-and-run in Modesto Friday evening. 

According to a Facebook post from the California Highway Patrol Modesto, the boy was hit just after 5 p.m. on Glenn Avenue, east of Ustick Road. 

The CHP says the 18-month-old boy walked onto Glenn Avenue when he was hit by a 2021 Toyota sedan. The driver allegedly drove away.

The CHP says witnessed told them that they followed after the car for about a mile before contacting the driver, 19-year-old Santiago Martinez.

Martinez returned to the scene and the boy was taken to a nearby trauma center where he died from his injuries, the CHP says. 

CHP officers arrested Martinez for felony hit-and-run. They say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be were involved.

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