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Child's death was accidental

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta family is mourning the death of a 2-year-old who was struck and killed by a truck Sunday afternoon.

The family questions why the driver kept going, but Valdosta Police say he didn't know he hit the little boy.

Ashley Bell says she loved 2-year-old Luis Gomez as if he were her own child. "It broke my heart, it really did. He was my baby," Bell said.

Gomez was hit by a truck Sunday afternoon. Miguel Gaspar was backing out of the Gomez's driveway when he ran over the little boy, but apparently he had no idea he hit the child. Police put out a search the vehicle and found Gaspar several hours later.

"We located the person in Brooks County. That's where he resides," said Valdosta Police  Capt. Bobbi McGraw. "He came back to Valdosta. Vehicle was brought back. He came back and fully cooperated with authorities. It was determined that he did not know he hit the child."

Bell and her mother help the Gomez's care for their children and help the Spanish-speaking family buy groceries.

Police are treating the child's death as a tragic accident, however, the child's mother Dominga Gomez disagrees by saying the man knew he had run over her child.

Bell says Gomez's mother doesn't understand why the man didn't stop. "She said she was screaming and hollering for him to stop. He should've known that he hit him, hit the little boy."

The boy was taken to South Georgia Medical Center where he died shortly after. Police did not arrest or charge the man in what has been deemed by police as a tragic accident.


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