Driver indicted in hit and run crash that killed toddler
Rodolfo Temaj-Felix (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has announced a several count indictment against a driver who was involved in a hit and run crash that killed a toddler.
Rodolfo Temaj-Felix, 24, was indicted on one count each of aggravated vehicular homicide (felony 1), aggravated vehicular homicide (felony 2), aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, failure to stop after an accident (felony 3) and failure to stop after an accident (felony 5).
Investigators say Temaj-Feliz was driving on Westwood Avenue on April 2 when he hit Niya Taylor and her son, Shakir West, while they were walking to a day care. Temaj-Felix allegedly ran a red light, and hit Taylor and West while they were in a crosswalk. Police say Temaj-Feliz was driving without a valid driver's license and his blood alcohol level tested at .213, over twice the legal limit.
West was taken to Children's Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Taylor suffered numerous broken bones including an ankle, leg, ribs, clavicle and neck bone. She remains in the hospital in serious condition.
If convicted of all charges, Temaj-Felix faces over 21 years in prison.
"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," said Deters. "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."