Father of fatal West Valley hit-and-run suspect arrested

Father of fatal West Valley hit-and-run suspect arrested

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) -- On the same day that his daughter was arrested in the months-old case of a hit-and-run crash that killed a 2-year-old boy in West Valley, Rodolfo Munoz also was accused of helping his daughter cover up the crime.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) -- On the same day that his daughter was arrested in the months-old case of a hit-and-run crash that killed a 2-year-old boy in West Valley, Rodolfo Munoz also was accused of helping his daughter cover up the crime.

According to probable cause documents obtained from the Salt Lake County Jail, Rodolfo Munoz lied to police when he was questioned about the hit-and-run collision that killed 2-year-old Gavyn Barnett on June 10. West Valley City Police arrested Rodolfo Munoz's daughter, 21-year-old Kimberly Munoz, on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and improper lookout, a misdemeanor.

On the morning of June 10, Angela Barnett was crossing 5600 West at about 4005 South with her two children, Serrena, 9, and Gavyn, 2, who as in a stroller. 

Barnett crossed the street and entered northbound traffic. A vehicle in the inside travel lane stopped or slowed to allow her to continue crossing. 

As the stroller entered the next lane of travel a vehicle in that lane struck the stroller. Gavyn was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital where he later died. 

The driver of the vehicle stopped briefly, but then fled the scene. Police say the case went cold after all leads were exhausted. 

Sunday, West Valley City officers spoke with a man claiming to have information about the hit-and-run.

The man was later identified as the ex-boyfriend of the female driver that hit and killed Gavyn Barnett. 

Police allege that although Rodolfo Munoz claimed to know nothing about the crash, two witnesses told police that he knew more than he was letting on. Rodolfo Munoz also signed a witness statement that had false information about the case, according to jail documents.

Munoz was arrested on suspicion of False statements at a preliminary hearing and obstruction of justice, both misdemeanors.
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