On September 29, 2003 five-year-old Felix Leon was killed while riding his bike near his home in Brownsville, Texas.
Mexican national Carlos Jaramillo ran over the child with his pick-up and dragged the bike for about 40 yards. After finally stopping, passenger Domingo Acosta Lopez tried to remove the bicycle from the truck's undercarriage but could not. At that point, both Jaramillo and Lopez fled on foot.
They were pursued by neighbor Leroy Redford who lives on little Felix's street, who was joined by others from the neighborhood. Lopez was caught then and Jaramillo was found two days later by police later hiding out in a local house, thanks to a tip.
The skid marks remain on the street, a sign of how far the Chevy truck dragged the bike until the truck stopped
Jaramillo was charged with one felony count of manslaughter and one felony count of failure to stop and render aid.
Lopez was charged with one felony count of tampering with evidence and one misdemeanor count of failure to report a felony.
Both Jaramillo and Lopez are illegal aliens who were recently deported to Mexico, their native country. Their return could bring additional federal felony charges, sources said.
On February 14, 2004 Jaramillo was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Lopez was convicted to five years in a state jail.
Felix attended El Jardin Elementary. He loved to play with his puppy Lucy.
He is survived by his parents, Jaime and Elizabeth Leon, a brother, Jonathan Leon, maternal grandmother, Beatriz Izaguirre, paternal grandparents, Eliseo and Hortencia Leon, all of Brownsville.
Documentation:2OCT03, Brownsville Herald
Man charged in collision that killed 5-year-old, by David Robledo
2OCT03, Brownsville Herald
Obituaries, Thursday, October 2, 2003
21JAN04, by David Robledo
Driver of truck that killed 5-year-old pleads guilty, by David Robledo
13FEB04, Brownsville Herald
Driver of truck in 5-year-olds death sentenced, by David Robledo