Driver Arrested in Encinitas Toddler's Death

Officials initially said the driver was traveling 5 to 6 mph down the driveway and didn't see the toddler

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    Several days after a 3-year-old Encinitas boy was killed, 33-year-old Agustin Morales has been arrested for vehicular manslaughter and DUI. NBC 7’s Todd Strain has reaction from friends of the heartbroken family. (Published Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013)

    The driver involved in a collision that killed an Encinitas toddler will face charges, officials confirmed Wednesday.

    Officials with the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office say Juan Ruiz was walking with his mother as she pushed a stroller along the sidewalk on Encinitas Boulevard around 7:20 a.m. Friday.

    Toddler Pinned Under Car in Encinitas

    [DGO] Toddler Pinned Under Car in Encinitas
    The toddler was walking along the sidewalk on Encinitas Boulevard around 7:20 a.m. Friday when he darted out in front of a driver, officials said. NBC 7's Sherene Tagharobi reports. (Published Friday, Nov 1, 2013)

    Officials said Ruiz darted in front of a moving car and was pinned underneath.

    Passersby lifted the vehicle until emergency personnel arrived.

    Ruiz was critically injured at the scene and died in the ambulance, officials said.

    On Wednesday, San Diego County sheriff’s deputies announced the driver, 33-year-old Agustin Morales, will face charges in connection with the incident.

    Officials claim Morales was driving under the influence, was in possession of false government identification and presented that false ID to a police officer.

    Morales was booked into Vista jail Monday on charges of vehicular manslaughter.

    The San Diego County District Attorney's Office said the charges will be announced when Morales is arraigned Thursday.