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Ohio father jailed after child fatally hit by van


A man is awaiting a court appearance after his four-year-old son was killed after falling from and being run over by a vehicle in Union County on Thursday.

Angel Gustbabo Hernandez, 4, was struck by the vehicle his father, Natividad de Jesus Hernandez, 30, of Columbus, was driving around 11 a.m. on Brock between Industrial Parkway and Briarwood Drive, Ohio troopers said.

The patrol said the father initially left the scene of the accident, but later admitted to striking the child with his vehicle, OSP said.

Investigators say Hernandez failed to stop at the scene of the accident, a violation of Ohio Revised Code 4549.02. He now faces a possible felony charge as a result.

Hernandez was scheduled to be arraigned in Marysville Municipal Court Friday morning but court officials say it was rescheduled for Monday at 8 a.m. when an interpreter was not available.

A number of homes are being built in the area where the incident took place Thursday and troopers said a construction worker called 911 after seeing the child being struck by the minivan.

Troopers said it's possible Hernandez was leaving the work site of one of the houses being built.

The 4-year-old was initially transported to Dublin Methodist Hospital, but later died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

"Any time a child is involved in something like this, it's extremely tragic," said OSP Lt. Molly Clemens said.

Patrol investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs are suspected in the incident and a further investigation is still being conducted by the Investigative Services Unit to determine what charges may be filed against the child's father, troopers said.

Hernandez was booked into the Tri-County Jail Thursday night. Court officials say he faces a $500,000 bond.


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