Jose Salvador Alcantar-Ruiz

The 39-year-old Anderson man accused of accidentally running over and killing a 3-year-old boy on Thursday was being held Friday without bail in the Shasta County jail on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant.

California Highway Patrol spokesman J.D. Womack said Jose Salvador Alcantar-Ruiz gave officers a driver’s license belonging to someone else when he was questioned about running over Christian Luna.

Although he first identified himself as Miguel Alvarez, Alcantar-Ruiz was later identified through his fingerprints, Womack said.

He’s being held on suspicion of false impersonation, vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and obstructing an officer, and on an illegal immigration hold.

Womack said Alcantar-Ruiz was a friend of Christian’s family.

CHP officer Jeff Patton said Alcantar-Ruiz was backing down the driveway at Christian’s Hornbeck Lane home in Anderson when the boy ran between Alcantar-Ruiz’s pickup and another truck that also was backing up.

The unidentified driver in front of Alcantar-Ruiz tried to warn him by hitting his horn, but Alcantar-Ruiz didn’t stop in time, Patton said.

Christian was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where he died.

Officers say that alcohol doesn’t appear to have been a factor in the incident.

Shasta County District Attorney Jerry Benito said Friday that the charges against Alcantar-Ruiz — including the vehicular manslaughter charge — are likely to be a misdemeanors.

Alcantar-Ruiz could be deported after court proceedings, Benito said. A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said Alcantar-Ruiz was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

2 Responses to “Jose Backs Over 3 Year Old Boy Killing Him”
  1. Eddie B. says:

    My heart goes out to all the familes of these victims. What’s it going to take?


  2. HellDogger says:

    “39 yr old Anderson man.” Exactly where is Anderson? Must be somewhere between Mexico & Guatamala.
    Hang him.

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