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DeKalb Police: Suspect in Hit-And-Run Death of Toddler Has Fled Country

Police say a man from El Salvador drove a truck that ran over two children near the Tucker Walmart. A two-year-old boy died from his injuries and the suspect has left the country.

Concepcion Cruz of El Salvador is accused of running over two children near the Tucker Walmart. One child died. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV
Concepcion Cruz of El Salvador is accused of running over two children near the Tucker Walmart. One child died. Credit: Screenshot from WSB TV

The man who is accused of driving a truck that ran over two children, killing one, near the Walmart on Tucker Norcross Road last weekend has reportedly fled the country.

DeKalb County Police said Concepcion Cruz boarded a flight Tuesday from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport bound for his home country of El Salvador, reports WSB TV.

Cruz is accused of hitting Caleb Lindsey, 2, and his 4-year-old sister, Meyaria, near Walmart on Saturday. Police say the driver hit the children as they were standing next to the road with their mother about 5 p.m. Saturday.

WSB TV reports the driver pulled up to the stop sign, then turned onto Tucker Norcross Road. As he did, his vehicle ran over both of the children. Both victims were taken to Scottish Rite Hospital, where Caleb later died.

The children’s mother, Vashiti Lindsey, told WSB she screamed for the driver to stop after the incident.

“He murdered my baby in cold blood. He ran over my children like they were rocks on the street,” Lindsey told the TV station.

Police said Cruz is a resident alien from El Salvador and is also on the do-not-fly list. Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are now involved in the search.

The Lindsey family has set up a donation website to help pay for the funeral for Caleb.

Octo Slash April 12, 2014 at 09:09 AM
I guess the TSA and the airlines were too busy searching 6 yr old girls' carry-ons and strip searching 80 yr old grandmas to notice this guy was on the Do-Not-Fly list. Chalk up another one for homeland security.
Debbie Gathmann April 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Sad and worrisome--I often see folks standing on the edge of the street over there and worry about being so close to traffic. I wish we had a complete street plan there with a buffer zone between the sidewalk and traffic--with the wall at the Wal-mart shopping center, it would be too expensive to retrofit it, now, but maybe the Wal-mart foundation might consider it as a donation.
Al Liram April 14, 2014 at 10:42 AM
How conveeeeeeeeenient. He's a suspect in a fatal hit-and-run. He's a foreigner. And the police don't have him in jail and just happen to be looking the other way while he takes a freekin' plane flight out of Atlanta!!!!!! Please, someone try to convince me that this was not INTENTIONAL. Please try to convince me that the powers that be didn't let him slip out on purpose. Hell, they probably paid for his airfare. What a totally corrupt country.................and it starts at the VERY TOP!
Al Liram April 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Debbie, no one forced those kids into the street. There is plenty of sidewalk there to accommodate people waiting and crossing in a proper, safe fashion. Just because this scumbag ran after the accident, does not mean he was at fault in the accident. It would've been nice for details of the accident to be furnished in the article, so that we actually knew who was to blame. I know, I know, that would be asking too much of this "journalist". Forget I said it.
wle atlanta II May 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM
so is the guy back in the US now for trial ?

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