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Father who struck son with car left scene confused, records show

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PLAIN CITY, Ohio: A father was jailed after he drove away without talking to officers about running over his 4-year-old son who had fallen out of their van near a construction site, fatally injuring the boy.

Natividad de Jesus Hernandez, 30, of Columbus, was arrested after showing up at a hospital where his son, Angel Gustbabo Hernandez, died Thursday after the accident earlier in Union County, northwest of Columbus. He is charged with felony failure to exchange information.

Hernandez had pulled the Chevrolet Venture onto a driveway in hopes of finding scrap material that he could sell.

The little boy grabbed the handle of the sliding door, opened it and tumbled out.

A 911 caller described the father holding the injured child tightly immediately after the accident. After an officer arrived and whisked the boy to a waiting ambulance, Hernandez jumped back in the van and left, the state highway patrol said.

Angel was taken to OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Later, a hospital employee called the patrol to say the father was there. Officers went to the hospital and interviewed Hernandez, who told them what happened.

Patrol Lt. Molly Clemens said Hernandez doesn’t speak English well and left the scene of the accident because he was confused. He said paramedics had taken his son, and he didn’t know what was happening or what he was supposed to do.

Court records say Hernandez drove home and asked his girlfriend what to do after the incident.


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