Fresno Boy Dies After being Hit by a Car

November 2, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Fresno police officers need your help finding a driver who hit and killed a Fresno boy and then left him for dead. Investigators say it appears two vehicles hit 9 year old Gage Castillo as he rode his bike through the intersection of Marks and Ashlan in northwest Fresno. One vehicle stopped but the other kept driving."They just took off, they didn't stop. I mean, this is someone's child. We lost someone," said Gage's father, Gabriel Castillo. The circumstances surrounding the accident have Gage's family members dealing with both grief and anger, even though Fresno police say it appears the vehicles actually had the right of way.

Finding the hit and run driver is a top priority for police and there were a few clues left at the scene. They say witnesses and the vehicle debris left at the scene point to a silver sedan with damage on the left front wheel area, near the bumper. "What makes it the worst of the worst, is there's a child involved. And no one wants to see a child suffer, injured, or killed but to add insult to injury that person left," said Brian Hance with the Fresno Police Department.

As Gage's family and police look for answers, his fellow classmates are reeling as well. A crisis team was on hand at Slater elementary Monday, where Gage and all three of his siblings attend school. His principal describes him as a sweet and friendly child who had a lot of friends, so his death has been hard on a lot of students and staff. "Even though we're not a particularly small school, we are a small family. And we have been affected by this, every one of us," said Slater principal Joan Steinhauer.

Gage Castillo
Memorial Fund
Educational Employees Credit Union




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