Police said they have identified the driver who killed a 2-year-old boy and seriously injured his sister in a hit and run on Saturday in DeKalb County.
But late Thursday evening they learned with the help of federal agents that the suspect, Mr. Concepcion Cruz, had fled the country – and he had left just one day before police identified him as a suspect, according to DeKalb County police.
On Tuesday, Mr. Cruz boarded a flight from Jackson-Hartsfield Airport bound for El Salvador, police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said.
Through a tip to Crimestoppers, police identified Mr. Cruz as the suspect in the hit and run death of 2-year-old Caleb Lindsey that happened at 3201 Tucker Norcross Road, Capt. Fore said.
Investigators have obtained warrants, charging Mr. Cruz with two counts of felony hit and run, Capt. Fore said.
DeKalb officers are working with federal agents as well as the El Salvador government to locate and extradite Mr. Cruz back to Georgia, he said.
The investigation began shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday when the first officer responded to Tucker Norcross Road, according to the police report.
The children's mother, Ms. Vashtia Lindsay told police she was standing on the curb near the Tucker Walmart entrance with the children when they were struck by the vehicle, the report showed.
The mother and her two children: Meyaria Lindsay, 4, and Caleb were waiting to cross the street when a man in a small, older model white truck with a camper on the back pulled up to the stop sign, police have said.
"The driver came up behind her at a high rate of speed, hit the two children, then fled the scene," Ms. Lindsay told police.
The vehicle then fled toward Jimmy Carter Boulevard, police said.
A witness, Mr. John Godfrey told police the vehicle drove up on the curb and struck the children.
"(The driver) stopped a few feet from the location, throw a beer bottle out the window, and left the area," Mr. Godfrey said.
The children were taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite where Caleb died, Capt. Fore said. The girl was expected to make a full recovery, he said.
On Monday, police released a picture of the vehicle that the suspect was possibly driving. And on Wednesday, through the tip to Crimestoppers, officers were able to find the vehicle at Mr. Cruz’ family home in Gwinnett County, Capt. Fore said.
Police said his family is cooperating with the investigation.