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Seven-year-old in intensive care after hit and run accident; deputies arrest driver

Jose Rivera-Garcia

Jose Rivera-Garcia

A 7-year-old boy is in stable condition in intensive care at Phoenix's St. Joseph's Hospital after a hit and run accident injured him in Castle Canyon Mesa on Friday.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said at about 7 p.m. on June 13, witnesses saw the driver of a white Pontiac LeMans hit the boy while turning near Knights Way and Treasure Drive. D'Evelyn said the driver, 23-year-old Jose Rivera-Garcia of Prescott Valley, did not stop, and dragged the riderless bike under his car as he drove away.

Witnesses followed the car to a home on Jester Circle, and alerted arriving deputies to its location, where they found Rivera-Garcia had removed the bicycle from underneath his vehicle and hid it on the property.

Deputies arrested Rivera-Garcia and booked him into Yavapai County Jail on several felony counts, including Suspicion of Driving Under the Influence, Aggravated Assault, Failure to Stop at an Injury Accident Scene, Endangerment, and Intentional Injury to Another.

D'Evelyn said deputies credit witnesses at the scene for Rivera-Garcia's apprehension.

"Thanks to alert residents we were able to get him," he said. "He had pulled down the drive, and was trying to elude everyone."

D'Evelyn said the Sheriff's Office thanks the citizens who followed Rivera-Garcia and assisted deputies to find him, and those who assisted the injured boy. He asked that anyone who saw the accident and has not had contact with deputies call Det. Mike Poling or Det. Steve Surak at 928-771-3260.

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