DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – There are still no suspects identified or in custody for the hit-and-run crash that left a 13-year-old boy dead and his mother in critical condition, but Dallas police have identified a person of interest.
Dallas police said Thursday, evidence collected at the scene along with information received through tips and witness interviews, led them to 24-year-old Dagoberto Castanon.
“We believe this person of interest can give us vital information in resolving this case,” said Deputy Chief Gil Garza, at a press conference.
Castanon has been involved in thefts in Dallas and Collin Counties and has a probation violation out of Collin County.
Tuesday, Highland Park police began pursuing a stolen blue minivan, but when the pursuit crossed into the City of Dallas, they ended their pursuit.
The van then t-boned a vehicle carrying Ethan Vasquez. The teenager died at the scene. His mother, Sandy, remains in critical condition.
Police canvassed the area looking for evidence.
“We believe the vehicle had been used in property crimes in Dallas County,” Garza said.
At William B. Travis Academy, where Vasquez was a 7th grader, pictures, memorials and notes, lined the hallways before a PTA meeting where board members were set to sign a card for the family.
Teachers say they hope justice will be served. “It’s sad but I do know that eventually he will be caught,” said Twinda Williams, assistant principal at Travis Academy.
Students and teachers alike wore orange ribbons in remembrance of Ethan.
One thing, they say they’ll never forget about Vasquez was his unique style. “We all recognized him from his hair. That thick, black pretty hair. He wore it, it was a special style that he had,” Williams said.
Students expressed interest in collecting donations for the Vasquez family to help pay for Ethan’s funeral and a possibly a memorial at the school.
“Friends of Travis” created a memorial account for Ethan Vasquez.
Donations in cash or check form will be accepted. Checks should be made out to ‘Friends of Travis.’ A collection box will be in the front office of the school or donations can be mailed to:
Friends of Travis
3001 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204
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