On Saturday, the day after a boy was killed in hit-and-run bicycle accident, friends and family members organized a car wash to raise funds to help the family of the victim.
On Friday in Chandler, Arizona, 11-year-old Aaron Arnold was struck by a truck while crossing Arizona Avenue near Knox Road on his bicycle. The male driver sped away after the collision, leaving Arnold to die alone at the scene.
The driver later returned to the scene accompanied by his father and was identified as 24-year-old Ronnie Chavez. He was arrested for failing to stop for a fatal accident.
Stacy Neal, Arnold's uncle, said of Chavez' actions:
"Not knowing if he was alive or dead and just leaving the scene is unreal in my mind."
It was later revealed that Chavez had been on bond for charges related to a major drug bust that went down in May of this year.
The next day at the car wash, Arnold's family described the boy as being a "funny, sweet kid with adventurous spirit". They told how he loved physical activity and sports, in particular, riding his bike.
This is a terribly sad story to read about, and as a Phoenix bicycle accident attorney, it is so disappointing to me to see that someone could hit a boy on his bicycle and then speed off to avoid getting caught.
Perhaps the boy could have been saved, had Chavez never left the scene, and instead called an ambulance to the scene.
Our Arizona wrongful death law firm offers our condolences to the family and friends of the boy who was killed in this tragic incident.