Driver charged in Chesterfield crash that killed 4-year-old boy

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The driver involved in a crash that killed a 4-year-old boy and injured three others last year has been indicted with involuntary manslaughter in the case.

On August 25, 2018, a Dodge Ram truck struck a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Belmont Road and Sue Jean Drive. According to police, the occupant of the truck fled the scene of the crash. 

The occupants of the Toyota Camry — a 26-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy were all injured in the crash, police say. The adults suffered serious injuries, and both children sustained life-threatening injuries. All four were taken to the hospital, where 4-year-old Elias Camacho, of Richmond, died from his injuries. 

Police located the suspect vehicle and initially charged Edilberto Hernandez-Perez with felony hit-and-run and driving without a license.

Another man, Jose A. Gonzalez-Florez, was later identified as the driver. He is now charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was originally charged with felony hit and run, driving while suspended and possession of a controlled substance. 

Gonzalez-Florez left the truck near Lamplighter Drive and fled on foot to Hernandez-Perez’s residence, police said. Hernandez-Perez reportedly drove Gonzalez-Florez back to his home afterward. 

Court records show Gonzalez-Florez has had a long history of traffic violations.

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