Antonio Mendez, 31, of Middletown, is an employee at Joshua’s Auto Body, where the tragic accident occurred. The business is owned by the parents of the little victim, whose name was Joshua Gutierrez.
The family lives in Bloomingburg.
Wallkill Police Chief Robert Hertman said Tuesday that the child’s mother rushed her son to Orange Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The boy and his mom had gone to the family shop to pick up Joshua Gutierrez Senior to bring him home. While they waited, little Joshua was chasing a ball in the parking lot when Mendez’s vehicle struck him.
Mendez is to appear in town court in November.
The investigation is being conducted by Wallkill detectives along with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, State Police and Middletown City Police.
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