Breaking: El Paso Police arrest a man in connection to hit-and-run crash

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El Paso police have arrested the man accused in the hit-and-run case that injured a 4-year-old boy.

Police said they received a tip from someone that led them to obtain an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Joshua David Avila.

Avila has been booked on Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury charges. He has since bonded out.

Investigators said a driver in a dark-colored SUV hit 4-year-old Jace Contreras on Ariel Rico Court Sunday, May 6th in the Lower Valley, then drove away. The street was blocked off for about four hours Sunday.

The boys's grandmother said he has a fractured skull and two broken legs.

Neighbors came out of their homes to find their quiet street suddenly crowded.

“I just see a lot of cops and ambulance and we don’t know what happened. We were just inside the house,” said neighbor Ofelia Rios. “I am worried because I have a son, too.”

“I just heard a loud bang and I got really worried and I looked out my window and I see a lot of police officer cars,” said a young neighbor, Angeline Arámbula.

Special traffic investigators say it happened at 3:52 p.m. Sunday in the Lower Valley neighborhood.

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“I didn’t see the crash because at the time I was dealing with another customer,” said Jose Hernandez, an ice cream truck driver.

Neighbors and the driver of the ice cream truck told CBS4/KFOX14 it happened while the boy and his dad were buying ice cream. They said the boy ran away from the ice cream truck and that’s when he got hit.

Investigators said Contreras ran into the street at the same time the SUV was driving down Ariel Rico Drive.

“The boy’s dad was paying me and when the kid crossed the street, I guess to his house, and the truck came and ...” Hernandez paused and shook his head. “I didn’t see what kind of truck it was.”

The boy was taken to University Medical Center where he being treated for serious injuries.

Neighbors say they aren’t surprised to see a crash here.

“The cars pass very fast here. And there’s a lot of kids on the street. And I see that,” Rios explained. “And I don’t know, but I see a lot of kids playing in the cars, they don’t care. They just pass very fast.”

“There’s usually a lot of cars passing fast. You can hear when they’re at the stop sign, you can hear when they brake really fast,” Arámbula said.

Special traffic investigators said they are looking for a dark-colored SUV, with possible damage.

Anybody with information about this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 915- 566-TIPS (8477) or El Paso Police at 915-832-4000.

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