Hit-and-run suspect's truck found

By Ed Brock

The truck belonging to a man police say hit and killed a 10-year-old boy has been found, but the man remains at large.

Juan Fernandez Chavez Gualito of North Carolina, who was visiting relatives on Curtis Drive in Forest Park, was hit while riding his bicycle near the relatives' house around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Forest Park police. The man suspected of hitting the boy, 25-year-old Alberto Salinas, is still being sought.

A resident at 4736 Ryan Road found Salinas' truck around 2:13 p.m. as he was cutting his grass, according to Forest Park police. The truck was in a wooded area behind the house. It was towed to Forest Park police headquarters for examination.

There were several dents on the front of Salinas' truck. Gualito's family members, who were outside when the accident happened, said the truck involved in the accident was moving very fast when it hit the boy.

The place where the truck was found is not far from Salinas' last known address, 4379 Ga. Highway 42 Lot 43. Salinas has a wife and child living at the address, Forest Park Police Capt. Robert Cotrell said previously.

Police are hoping Salinas will turn himself in.

Gualito's family held a funeral for him Wednesday evening at La Iglesia de San Felipe de Jesus.

Anyone with information on Salinas' whereabouts is asked to call (404) 366-4141 or 911.