Boy, 12, killed in hit-and-run in Whiting, Ind. - New York News

Semi driver released after hit and run that killed boy, 12

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Angel Villafuerte, 12, was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Angel Villafuerte, 12, was killed in a hit-and-run accident.
A semi-truck driver being questioned in a hit-and-run death of a young boy. (Photo by FOX 32's Craig Wall) A semi-truck driver being questioned in a hit-and-run death of a young boy. (Photo by FOX 32's Craig Wall)
WHITING, Ind. (FOX 32 News) -

A young boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash with a semi truck Wednesday afternoon in northwest Indiana.

Police were called to the intersection of 119th Street and Indianapolis Boulevard in Whiting, Ind., about 3:15 p.m. on reports that the 12-year-old boy was hit by a semi, Indiana State Police said.

The boy, identified as Angel Villafuerte, later died, and the semi drove away, State Police said.

Police got a description of the truck from a witness and put out an alert. A short time later a semi was stopped about three miles away. The driver was taken into custody for questioning.

The driver was held for questioning but had been released as of Thursday morning, state police said. No charges have been filed.

Police said Thursday they are looking at video footage to help identify the driver involved.

Villafuerte was walking home from school with his older brother Michael. Police say the two came out of a gangway and Angel tried to cross Indianapolis Boulevard in the middle of the block. His brother yelled for him to stop and then watched in horror as the truck hit Angel and kept going.

"I can't even…I can't even, like, what if my little brother was walking and got hit by a car, I can't even imagine like being there and watching him get hit like that, I'm like so, I don't even have words to say," Manny McKibbin, a family friend told FOX 32 after hearing of the accident.

Angel's older sister Ariana Calzada described him as energetic, funny, a good kid with a great smile and a generous heart.

Indiana State Police took over the accident investigation. The name on the side of the truck indicated it belonged to Decker Truck Lines in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Classmates of Angel's brother and sister found out about what happened on social media.

"I went on Facebook around 3:15-ish and seen," classmate Cody Bucsko said. "I just started seeing posts, my cousin was the first one to start make a Facebook status and that's how I found out first."

Angel was a 5th grader at Nathan Hale School in Whiting and lived just a block away from where the accident happened.

It's expected the school will have crisis counselors on hand Thursday, although officials could not be reached Wednesday night.

When FOX 32 Reporter Craig Wall showed pictures of the truck to Angel's brother, he said that was the one he saw hit his brother.

The Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this story

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