Las Cruces family recalls moment young boy was killed in weekend crash

No charges expected against driver

LAS CRUCES, NM - A family is in mourning after their six year old boy Jonah Frausto was struck and killed by an SUV over the weekend. According to the Las Cruces Police Department, Frausto was riding his scooter Saturday evening on the 700 block of Lees Drive when he somehow went into the street and was then hit by the SUV.

Police say he was rushed to Mountainview Regional Medical Center but was then airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso. He died from his injuries Sunday morning, according to LCPD.

According to police, the driver of the SUV was going the speed limit and stayed on scene. Based on their investigation they say the driver will likely not be charged for the incident.

The boy's uncle Gary Mancha says it all happened during a "pre-Easter" party the family was having. He says Jonah was playing with other children at the party and was told to stay away from the street. He says by the time anyone noticed he was off of the families lawn it was too late.

Mancha says he lost his own son in a car crash many years ago. He says the pain of losing a child never goes away.

"It's always in your heart, in your mind, it's hard it's never over," Mancha said.

Mancha says now he wishes he could just turn back time and stop Jonah from ever riding on that scooter.

"We'd stop him for sure. One second and it happened, It's awful it's just awful," Mancha said.

Mancha says he hopes this case will be a message to other parents that you can never truly be over protective.
 


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