Man urging fatal hit-and-run suspects to come forward

Kassandra Nelson
October 19, 2017 10:30 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – There are still many questions about a tragedy that happened over the summer when an 8-year-old boy was hit and killed at Louisiana and Trumbull. He was struck by multiple vehicles, and the driver of one of them, Julian Maldonado, is looking for answers.


Police said it was an accident. It was dark, and the boy wasn’t on the crosswalk. But that accident will haunt Maldonado for the rest of his life.

“I see the little boy, I see my car hitting him, and then I see him lying on the hood,” he said.

It happened on Aug. 31st. Maldonado was driving south on Louisiana when his car collided with the child.

He immediately got out, called 911 and tried to do what he could.

“I was just trying to stand in front so that way nobody else would hit him,” he said.

But Maldonado said two other vehicles seemed not to notice, or care.

He said a silver 4-door 2008 Toyota Corolla ran over the boy and kept driving. Another driver stopped to help divert traffic, but Maldonado said their efforts failed.

“We were screaming, ‘Stop, stop, stop!’ And the Durango just went over him, and peeled out on him and took off,” he said.

Maldonado remembers that the second car was a 1998 red Dodge Durango.

Now, he’s begging those drivers to come forward to bring more clarity, and maybe a little bit of closure – not only to him but to the boy’s family.

“Don’t be a coward, just face it,” he said. “You were there. Just say you were there and admit it.”

A memorial set up near the crash site shows how dearly loved the boy is. He was a grandson and a brother.

Police are also urging anyone with information on who those drivers are to contact them.


Kassandra Nelson

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