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Van suspected of hitting, killing 6-year-old boy found in Matthews

White work van believed to be involved in Sunday’s hit-and-run that killed a 6-year-old boy was found in Matthews.
White work van believed to be involved in Sunday’s hit-and-run that killed a 6-year-old boy was found in Matthews. WBTV

The white work van that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police believe was involved in Sunday’s hit-and-run incident that killed a 6-year-old boy was found on Idlewild Road in Matthews Tuesday afternoon.

Mint Hill police alerted CMPD detectives of a tip they’d received about a van that fit the description of the one that killed first-grader Anthony Santos Castellon-Rivera on Eastway Drive. Detectives found the van in the 9800 block of Idlewild Road and confirmed that it was involved in the incident.

It was towed to CMPD headquarters, where it will be processed by Crime Scene technicians.

Police are still looking for the driver and are asking for help finding him. Witnesses say the driver was an Hispanic man in his mid-30s with curly black hair, wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans.

Anthony’s sister, Erika, said that she and her brother were walking home hand-in-hand with their mother on Sunday, when they prepared to cross Eastway Drive.

One car stopped to let them cross. Erika ran across the road, when her brother let go of his mother’s hand and ran after her. He was hit before he could safely cross.

The van’s driver, witnesses say, got out of the van to check on the boy, then jumped back in and drove off.

Medic took Anthony to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Monday police released a photograph of the van taken from surveillance video at a nearby convenience store.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, no one had been charged.

Witnesses to the incident or anyone with information about the case are urged to call 704-432-2169 and speak to detective S. Williams or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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