Police Find Van in Hit and Run that Killed 6-Year-Old
Anthony Castellon-Rivera died Sunday when hit on Eastway Dr.
CHARLOTTE, NC — Police are a step closer in finding the driver in a deadly hit and run accident that killed a six-year-old boy Sunday.
Mint Hill Police located the suspected van in that case Tuesday at a duplex in Matthews on Idlewild Rd.
For three days, family pleaded for someone to find the van that killed six-year-old Anthony Rivera.
“If you see this guy, please tell the police,” said Erica Castellon-Rivera.
Witnesses tell WCCB Charlotte it’s a relief after watching the tragic accident unfold.
“I think that’s kind of hope because they’re getting close to see what happened,” said Noe Palominos.
Police photographed evidence on the van before towing it away to CMPD headquarters for processing.
“If you drop off and took off, he knows the area,” said duplex neighbor Marcia Candido. “He knows someone was living here. You don’t just come by and drop off a van.”
After police towed the van away, neighbors recalled seeing Anthony’s sister in WCCB Charlotte’s report Monday night.
They didn’t realize the van police were searching for was right next door.
“I didn’t know. there’s thousands of white vans,” said Lisa Sanabria.
They say a family lives in the duplex. No one came to the door when reporters knocked to see if they are connected to the case. CMPD would not confirm.
Witnesses say they got a good look at the driver because when he hit the child, he got out of the van and saw what was happening before he ran.
“I thought he was going to get out of the car and help him, but he didn’t,” said Erica Castellon-Rivera.
Now, orange police paint is all that’s left of the scene. Children still cross the street.
The little boy’s family wants drivers to be aware.
His funeral is Sunday, May 8, To help the family with funeral costs, you can donate through Carolina’s Funeral Services.