The father of Gregorio Leyva says he was a very smart and active child. He says having his little boy taken away from him so quickly has left him heartbroken.
Near the intersection of 30th and Q Streets, stuffed animals and flowers mark where four-year-old Gregorio Edward Leyva was fatally hit by a car.
"It was just something that, it's a heartbreak man. It's a heartbreak. For it to happen all of a sudden."
Leyva's father, Vincent, says his little boy, seen in this photo provided by The Bakersfield Californian, was one of 12 reported siblings and was loved by everyone in his big family.
"Very smart. Loved his grandpa and grandma his brothers and sisters, everybody."
It was just after 5:00pm Wednesday evening when police say a 63-year-old woman driving a Ford Expedition southbound on Q street, turned west onto 30th. Witnesses told police 4-year-old Leyva, ran out into traffic and was hit by the SUV.
Leyva was taken to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital where he later died.
"He was on his toes all the time. He was just active. Very active."
As Leyva's father comes to grips with the loss of his child, the investigation is ongoing. Police say it does not appear the driver was at fault and that drugs, alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111.
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