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13-year-old boy dies as hit-and-run driver smashes into mom's car

October 9, 2012 | 10:13 am

A 13-year-old Upland boy was killed and his mother was injured when a hit-and-run collision sent their car careening into a carport, police said.

The driver of a pickup truck that collided with the sedan carrying the mom and son allegedly fled the scene on foot. Upland police apprehended him Kyle Bahensky, 21, shortly after the Monday night crash, said Lt. Clint Mathews of the Upland Police Department.

The force of the 11 p.m. collision at Arrow Highway and Campus Avenue pushed the sedan into a vacant house, sending part of the carport roof crashing to the ground, Mathews said. The sedan caught fire but officers were able to extinguish the blaze before firefighters arrived.

The boy, identified by family members as Joshua Roberson, according to KTLA-TV, was already dead when police arrived. His mother was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The family told KTLA that Joshua was an honor roll student at Upland Junior High School. He loved to play baseball and played for the Upland Angels, his family said.

Bahensky, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was booked at West Valley Detention Center on felony charges of hit and run. Additional charges may follow once the investigation is complete, police said.

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