The teenage driver who struck a Visalia man walking near a crosswalk this week, inflicting fatal injuries, is apologizing to the victim’s family.
Nathaniel Aleman, 18, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet pickup through an intersection around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he hit 21-year-old Anthony Todd and sent him flying 75 feet, according to the Visalia Times-Delta.
Aleman said he had a green light, saw a shadow, but couldn’t stop his pickup truck.
Aleman was booked for felony hit-and-run after he failed to remain at the scene of the accident, instead driving to his nearby home.
Witnesses pointed Visalia police to the driver’s whereabouts, where officers confronted Aleman.
The family said Aleman was attempting to return to the scene with his mother when police stopped them.
“We live seconds away and he went to get his mom,” Amy Aleman, Nathaniel’s mother, told the Times-Delta. “He didn’t know what to do.”
Aleman has been released on bail.
A preliminary investigation shows neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor, according to Visalia police.
The mother of 18-year-old Nathaniel Aleman said her son has apologized to Anthony Todd’s family.
The mother told the Times-Delta that Aleman spoke to Todd’s brother to apologize to the family.
Todd suffered severe head trauma and was rushed to Kaweah Delta before he was flown to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where he died Thursday.
Amy Aleman added that she plans to help the victim’s family in its efforts to raise money through a GoFundMe page in honor of Todd.
Donations totaled $3,270 as of Friday night, with the Todd family setting a goal of $5,000.
Todd’s mother, Melody, told ABC30 that her son was helping her with a Pinterest project when he left to meet up with a cousin.
He said, ‘Mom, I’ll be back, I’ll be back.’ ... then we got the phone call.
Melody Todd remembering her final conversation with her son Anthony Todd
"He said, ‘Mom, I’ll be back, I’ll be back,’ ” Melody said. “I said OK.
“And then he left and then we got the phone call.”