Driver arrested in hit-and-run that killed Albuquerque boy

January 31, 2022 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A driver suspected in a December hit-and-run that left a 7-year-old boy dead in Albuquerque has been arrested, authorities said Monday.

The U.S. Marshals Service announced that 27-year-old Sergio Almanza surrendered to authorities in southwest New Mexico.

Albuquerque police said Almanza is facing charges of homicide by vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident causing death and tampering with evidence.

It was unclear if Almanza has a lawyer yet who can speak on his behalf about the case.

Pronoy Bhattacharya was with his family on Dec. 12 as they walked across a street after attending the River of Lights show at the ABQ BioPark, according to authorities.

Police said Almanza was driving an illegal off-road vehicle and allegedly ran a red light before hitting the boy and then fleeing the scene.

Tips from the public enabled investigators to identify Almanza as the suspected driver and police served an arrest warrant at his home in Belen but he wasn’t there.

Police said Almanza was considered a fugitive for the past six weeks until he turned himself in.