Surreal Hit and Run in Long Beach Leaves One-Year Old Dead

A driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, driving under the influence, hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license after crashing into a family in a crosswalk in Long Beach.  The parents were pulling their two children, ages one and two, in a trailer when the vehicle struck them. 

The wagon was caught in the wheel-well of the vehicle and was drug for a block.  The driver stopped the car and the boy and part of the wagon was dislodged, but after the vehicle sped away the one-year-old daughter was drug for another mile.  Even as pedestrians and other drivers screamed at the driver to stop, he kept going.  The baby, Kaylee Alvarez was pronounced dead at the scene.

The description of the parents reactions, as related by the Long Beach Press-Telegram are heart-breaking for their candor and sadness:

"They guy hit us and he didn’t even stop," Alvarez said. "I was going crazy looking for my kids."

Kaylee Alvarez was dragged about another mile until the driver
stopped at his residence near the corner of Wilton Street and Redondo,
neighbors said.

"He dragged my little girl. I wanted to run, but I was in shock," Alvarez said.

"I know he’s a father and I feel bad for his
family," Alvarez said of Dinkins. "But I don’t understand why he didn’t
stop. It’s like he didn’t have a heart."

Almost equally shocking is the reaction of the driver, allegedly Neely Lejon Dinkins.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified,
said the driver pulled into the driveway of his residence, said, "I
think I hit a baby," and ran in the front door.

Neighbors said a police officer shined a flashlight
underneath the SUV and discovered the tiny body with pieces of the red
plastic wagon. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Alvarez family has set up an account at the
Wescom Credit Union for those who wish to donate for Kaylee’s funeral
expenses. The account number is 708248. 

  • Eric

    I don’t even need to watch the video. The driver needs to be charged with murder, not manslaughter, murder.

  • Evan

    I don’t support capital punishment, but I can make an exception in this case.

  • David Galvan

    Jesus.

  • joe

    After all the latest spree of Hit and run accidents. I believe that the punishment needs to be increased dramatically. Seems almost once a month some poor pedestrian get killed by some poor person in a hit and run.

    This story is just tragic and makes me want to go home and hug my daughter. He should get life in prison.

  • Mahatma

    Jesus F Christ.

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    And yes, that is murder.

  • FixHighways

    Where’s our safety police FixExpo, where you need him? LOL How about a congressional hearing about these hit and runs and lack of driver accountability.

  • Let’s hope that this crosswalk will be closed so that this can never happen again. What on earth are these irresponsible people doing walking across the streets with their kids at that time of night? The whole thing sounds fishy … maybe they are trying to collect from the drivers insurance. I hope that this guy is treated fairly because, you know, there but for the grace of god go I.

    /end sarcasm

  • Liz

    Check this out, it’s worth the read and has been successful in stopping drunk drivers in Fresno. If we are serious about reckless driving, we have to be serious about enforcement, not just punishment.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-11-05-fresno-dui-model_x.htm

  • One step towards eliminating drunk driving: get rid of free parking around bars!

    One more step: mandate all new liquor licenses be given only in highly transit, bike, and pedestrian access-rich areas.

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