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LCPD: No charges to be filed after Las Cruces boy struck by SUV dies

Las Cruces boy killed while riding...

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - The five-year-old child struck by an SUV in Las Cruces Saturday has died, Las Cruces Police confirmed Monday.

ABC-7 originally confirmed the death through the boy's friends and relatives.

Monday, police said no charges are expected to be filed against the driver who struck and killed 6-year-old Jonah Frausto.

The deadly collision happened on the 700 block of Lees Drive at about 6:30 pm Saturday.

Officers learned Frausto was riding a non-motorized scooter when he emerged from the family's driveway onto Lees. A blue Nissan Rogue was traveling south on Lees. The driver struck Frausto as the boy entered the roadway, police said.

Traffic investigators determined the 66-year-old woman driving the Rogue was unable to stop before the vehicle struck the young boy. The woman remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation.

Frausto was rushed to Mountainview Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to University Medical Center of El Paso. He died at about 6 a.m. Sunday, April 16, at El Paso Children's Hospital.

Officers shut down a portion of Lees Drive to conduct the investigation and determined that the SUV was traveling within the posted speed limits and the crash was unavoidable.

A small memorial now stands where the child was hit.

A statuette of the Virgin of Guadalupe and saint candles mark the area where five-year-old Jonah was hit Saturday, a small plush Easter bunny was placed at the memorial by neighborhood children.


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