Child Killed in Backyard by Out of Control Truck

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The skid marks by the broken fence tell the tale. Police say 44-year-old Guadalupe Villa-Guzman, for some reason, lost control of his pick up on the 26-hundred block of Hickman. He slammed into an SUV, hopped the curb, and broke through a fence, slamming into a trampoline with two small boys playing on it. The truck dragged the trampoline and the boys into a drainage ditch. The older boy, 6-year-old Irving Aguilar-Gonzalez, was killed.

Antoinette McCalebb saw the whole thing.

"I could hear the tires squeal and then I heard a boom, then I heard another boom. Then there was another one and as I got out of my truck he was just getting in the ravine," McCalebb said. "I think he was just dazed because he just sat there for a minute. He was just dazed. Then he got out and he was trying to lift the truck. He was literally trying to lift it and I think he was just dazed."

McCalebb says she called 911 and that's when she heard a woman scream.

"She said she couldn't find her child. She couldn't find him," McCalebb recalls. "They were looking everywhere and couldn't find the child. So I got back on the phone with 911 and I said there is a kid, there's a kid hurt and they can't find him. They can't find him but the trampoline is wrapped around the car so he's gotta be in there."

Others came running over to help, and cut 4-year-old Javier Falcon out of what was left of the mangled trampoline. He only suffered a few bumps and scrapes, but will spend the night in the hospital while doctors check him out. Javier's sister, Brenda, was at work at the time of the crash. She says the truck missed her mother and her baby daughter by just inches.

"My mom and her were walking and the truck passed them like that. Good thing my mom went this way," Falcon said, as she moved backward to show how her mother reacted. "I just hope the guy that did this doesn't get away with it. Because he just killed a little boy. He was six."

Irving Aguilar-Gonzalez was a student at Monroe Elementary School. Counselors will be on hand tomorrow to help children work through the tragedy.

Villa-Guzman is charged with vehicular homicide by reckless driving, reckless driving causing serious injury, and driving while suspended.


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