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Police ID driver in hit-and-run that killed Gregg County boy

By Robyn Claridy rclaridy@news-journal.com
Nov. 21, 2011 at 10 p.m.

A Longview man has been identified as the driver in an alleged hit-and-run that killed 4-year-old Cesar Cruz this past week.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Carl Davis said investigators determined that 56-year-old Margarito Salinas Aguilar was the driver of a 1999 silver Dodge Durango that hit Cesar, who was walking along Texas 149 near Younger Road. His body was found along the roadway by officers after a report he had wandered away from home.

Davis said Aguilar had not been charged with a crime Monday in connection with the incident.

"(Aguilar) knew he hit something, but he didn't know what," Davis said. "And he didn't know it was a 4-year-old child. I think he thought he hit a deer."

Davis said Aguilar was remorseful about the incident.

"We're still investigating whether any charges will be filed," Davis said.

DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark said Aguilar may have citations issued for driving with a suspended driver's license and for not having liability insurance.

This past week, troopers received an anonymous tip regarding the hit-and-run.

Davis said the tip "wound up being the correct information."

Deputies were called to the boy's residence about 6:45 p.m. Nov. 19 after family members reported Cesar missing.

The boy's mother, Brandie Sieger, said she left the house to take her father to the store. Sieger's mother was at the house watching her four children when she was notified Cesar was missing.

"He was playing outside with his brothers," Sieger said. "When she turned around, he was gone."



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