GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A 3-year-old boy attending a church cookout was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Gresham Saturday evening who surrendered to police around 9:30 p.m.
Carlton Dean Burton, 63, turned himself in and faces 3 separate charges, including criminally negligent homicide. The DA’s Office decided on Monday not to charge Burton with the boy’s death or reckless driving until more investigative work could be complete. Police have also arrested Burton’s passenger. She is also facing criminal charges.
The little boy was playing in a breeezeway of the East Trail Park Apartments on 115th and SE 162nd Avenue when he chased after a toy and got hit.
“There were just a few people over there and they were like hysterical because it just happened,” Kerby Williams, who lives across the street, said.
Police said witnesses went to help the boy, but he was unresponsive when police arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I’m really sad,” neighbor Daney Sha West said. “Because the child wasn’t too much younger than my son.”
The driver, Burton, took off on foot, leaving his car and a passenger behind.
Woman who was in the passenger seat was uncooperative with police and she was arrested for hindering an investigation and tampering with evidence.
“Cars against humans, the cars are going to win, especially near a child,” West said. “I just think that if you are not more cautious, that’s how tragedy happens. And this family is going to have to deal with that tragedy because of somebody’s mistake.”
Burton also faces failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons and reckless driving.
Burton was arraigned Monday where a motion for his released was filed.
He will be in court again Aug. 29.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call 503.618.2917.