Man indicted in hit-and-run crosswalk crash that killed a 3-year-old boy

CINCINNATI - The man charged in the hit-and-run accident that killed a 3-year-old boy and critically injured the toddler's mother earlier this month has been indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters on Tuesday announced the indictment of Rodolfo J. Temaj-Felix, 24, for two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of failure to stop after an accident in the April 2 crash that killed Shakir West and seriously injured his mother, Niya Taylor.

Cincinnati police say Felix, of Newport, ran a red light on Westwood Avenue at Grand Avenue just before 7 a.m. and struck Taylor and her son, who were in a marked crosswalk and on their way to a day care.

A woman who works as a surgical assistant was on her way home from work when the accident happened and administered CPR to the boy until emergency crews arrived. West was taken to Children's Hospital where he died. Taylor suffered numerous broken bones including an ankle, leg, ribs, clavicle and neck bone. She remains in the hospital in serious condition.

An off-duty Cincinnati police officer who witnessed the crash followed the vehicle to Clifton where officers arrested Felix. Police say his blood-alcohol level was .213.

"It is hard to believe that there has been another fatal crash so soon after the tragedy involving the taxi cab driver and his passenger. Again, a family in our community is suffering needlessly as a result of the stupidity and criminal actions of another. It is beyond belief to think that a simple walk to daycare would end with such unspeakable horror."

If convicted, Felix faces over 21 years in prison. He remains at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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