CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Jose Gonzalez-Flores has been sentenced to 10 years in prison with six years and six months suspended in the hit-and-run death of a 4-year-old boy.
The crash occurred Aug. 25, 2018, in Chesterfield at the intersection of Belmont Road and Sue Jean Drive.
Crews arrived to the scene find two boys, a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old, with life-threatening injuries and two seriously injured adults. All were taken to the hospital. Four-year-old, Elias Camacho, of Richmond, later died at the hospital.
Police say a 2011 Dodge Ram Pickup driven by Gonzalez-Flores, 28, of Chesterfield, struck a 2000 Toyota Camry just before 5 p.m.
Gonzalez-Flores was initially charged with felony hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. An involuntary manslaughter charge was added Jan. 25. The hit-and-run charge was not prosecuted.
Police had initially charged Edilberto Hernandez-Perez, 28, of Chesterfield, with felony hit-and-run and driving without a license in the crash, but police later determined he was not driving.
Chesterfield police say he fled the scene on foot and went to Hernandez-Perez’s residence.
Hernandez-Perez then drove Gonzalez-Flores back to his own residence in another vehicle.
Hernandez-Perez was found guilty in October of not having a driver’s license and was ordered to pay a $200 fine. He’ll lose his license for 90 days. A failure to stop at an accident charge was dismissed.
Witness Jeffery Johnson said he never saw the truck attempt to brake and he turned around as soon as he saw the crash.
"You see these children laying on the ground and you realize how important life is," Johnson said. "This senseless act of the person just running into the back of the car and not slowing down, then just driving away from the scene as if nothing happened was just horrific."