MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – More than six months after a horrible crash killed a 3-year-old on Valentine’s Day, the boy’s family may finally be getting some justice.
Hanskabell Amargos, the driver who investigators say hit Anthony Rojo De Leon, turned himself in Thursday to Florida Highway Patrol to face a charge of vehicular homicide.
“This was very, very, very sad story,” said Lt. Alejandro Camacho of the Florida Highway Patrol. “We understood the impact it had on the community and we knew we had to do a number one transparent, but a very thorough investigation to assure a conviction on this.”
That day, Anthony was at his family’s flower stand just off of Dixie Highway near SW 300th Street. Suddenly, witnesses say a Dodge Charger Hellcat came flying out of the Spitzer Chrysler Dodge dealership.
Amargos, a 42-year-old employee at the dealership, had gotten into the car for a test drive, investigators say.
“When he exited the dealership, he made a right-hand turn to go north on U.S. 1 and immediately lost control of the vehicle,” Camacho said.
Amargos went crashing through the flower stand, pinning Anthony underneath the car. The boy was airlifted to a hospital but died from his injuries.
The family was devastated but is thankful for the way the investigation was handled.
“Anthony’s family very much appreciates that law enforcement took its time with the investigation, and they have full faith in the process,” Adam Finkel, the family’s attorney, said in a statement. “They miss their son every day.”
Amargos has a prior arrest history that dates back 15 years with charges that include driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and drug possession.
He’s being jailed at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.