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Child killed on bike in Forest Park

By Kathy Jefcoats

A 10-year-old boy visiting relatives in Forest Park was hit and killed by a motorist as he rode his bicycle along Curtis Drive just after noon Saturday.

Forest Park police said they suspect 25-year-old Alberto Salinas hit Juan Fernando Chavez before fleeing the scene in a 1990s Ford Ranger. Juan turned 10 on July 10. Arrest warrants for Salinas were issued Saturday evening as police launched a lookout for him. Salinas, an Hispanic male, is charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license.

Forest Park police Lt. Lillianna Stevens said Salinas is believed to be driving a grayish silver Ranger with yellow flames down the side.

Witnesses said the truck, which sustained extensive front-end damage, traveled east on Curtis Drive and south on Lloyd Drive in the direction of Watts Road. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Forest Park Police Department at 404-366-4141 or 911. Stevens said Forest Park police responded to 1133 Curtis Drive in reference to a child hit by a vehicle at 12:27 p.m. Saturday. The boy was transported by helicopter to Egleston at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Suffering from serious head injuries, the child died at the hospital.