Okla. mother charged in 5-year-old son's scooter death may have escaped to Mexico, say police
An Oklahoma woman whose 5-year-old son was struck by a car when she "recklessly" steered their electric scooter into oncoming traffic may have fled to Mexico, according to CNN.
Evelyn Ortiz-Luevano was riding a Lime scooter with her son Caiden Reyes-Ortiz in Tulsa on April 23 when she rode into traffic and made an evasive maneuver, police said. The sudden movement knocked the child off the scooter, and a car then hit him. He was later taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Renier S. Davison, the driver of the vehicle that struck Reyes-Ortiz, initially fled the scene but eventually turned himself in. He was charged with driving under suspension, causing an accident without a valid driver's license and leaving the scene of a fatal collision.
"We see this as a tragedy that has made a victim of three people," Davison's attorney told CNN. "A young mother has lost a child, a child has died and a man has to live with the behavior of a mother that put her child in great danger. Our prayers are that a healing is immediate for all involved."
Ortiz-Luevano, who was not seriously injured, was also charged with child neglect and negligent homicide. Authorities believe she skipped her son's funeral and escaped to Mexico when she learned about the charges.
At the time of the incident, Ortiz-Luevano and a friend, who was also with a child, were on their way to an amusement park, NBC News reports. A witness told police that one of the scooters was "zigzagging across lanes of traffic" at full speed just before the accident occurred.
Lime CEO Toby Sun issued a statement following the accident, lamenting the boy's death.
"As a father of a young boy myself, words cannot describe how saddened I am by this tragedy," Sun said. "Nothing is more sacred than our children and to the family of the victim, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you. Our Tulsa Lima team is cooperating with Tulsa law enforcement and will assist in their investigation in any way we can."
Oklahoma law classifies motorized scooters — such as the one Ortiz-Luevano used — as motor vehicles. Customers who use Lime must be at least 18 years old, and only one person is allowed to ride a scooter at a time.