Police have announced the arrest of a man for the hit-and-run accident that killed a 6-year-old boy in southern New Mexico.
Jose Luis Bricino, 53, was arrested over the weekend, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
According to police, Angel Fragoso Jr., 6, was riding his bicycle on Thursday when he was struck and killed by Bricino, who fled the scene. Police responded to the scene close to the intersection of Putter and Fourth in Anthony. A preliminary investigation found a white Ford pickup truck was driving north on Fourth when it struck the boy on his bike.
Bricino and his truck were located on Saturday through community tips.
Bricino has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a fourth-degree felony, and failing to stop and render aid.
New Mexico has strict laws against hit-and runs. A fourth-degree felony has a potential penalty of 18 months in prison and license revocation. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents are all too common. There are several reasons a driver may choose to leave the scene, including being frightened, driving under the influence, or not having insurance. In New Mexico, about 25% of drivers are uninsured. Hit-and-run accidents can be devastating as victims may be left to suffer without immediate medical attention or justice.
Hit and run victims in New Mexico may be able to make a claim against their own insurance policy if they have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage or seek personal injury or wrongful death damages against the driver. If you have been hurt in a hit-and-run accident, contact Will Ferguson & Associates for a free consultation with an accident injury attorney to protect your rights.