Witness Surfaces in Toddler Hit-and-Run - NBC 7 San Diego

Witness Surfaces in Toddler Hit-and-Run

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    A search is under way for the driver who struck and killed a 1-year-old in North County on Wednesday night.

    A new witness has provided investigators with a much better description of the the vehicle that killed an 18-month-old in North County.

    Christopher Castellanos was hit Wednesday night in San Marcos. The boy  was hit just before 6 p.m. on the 400 block of Smilax Road. According to an investigator, the toddler's father had just come home from work and had not yet had a chance to close their driveway gate.

    Christopher wandered out into the street and was hit, according to investigators. He taken to Children's Hospital by an air ambulance but later died.

    Originally, deputies who collected evidence at the scene of the accident said they were searching for a black, four-door sedan with tinted windows, with no decals or logos on the rear of the car. Deputies said it has a reflective license plate.

    On Friday, however investigators said a new witness described the vehicle as a dark-blue or black 2000 to 2005 four-door large SUV. The witness said the SUV had tinted windows and a black bumper with chrome trim and two round headlamps, similar to that of a Ford Expedition. The rear of the SUV had vertical red tailights and did have a reflective license plate.

    The witness told investigators that the SUV pulled over after the incident and stayed there for a couple of minutes, then fled southbound toward Oleander Avenue.

    Anyone with information about the case is being urged to contact the sheriff's department at 858-565-5200.