TULSA, Okla. - The mother charged in the death of her 5-year-old son is believed to have fled the country, police said Monday.
Police began investigating the deadly hit-and-run in midtown Tulsa on April 23.
Officers responded to the hit-and-run call around 8:30 p.m. near 31st Street and Riverside where a 5-year-old boy had been hit by a car.
Tulsa police say 5-year-old Caiden Reyes-Ortiz and his mother were hit while riding a Lime rental scooter southbound in the outside, northbound lanes of Riverside when they were hit. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital that night.
"As a father of a young boy myself, words cannot describe how saddened I am by this tragedy. Nothing is more sacred than our children and to the family of the victim, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Our national and Tulsa Lime teams are at the disposal of Tulsa law enforcement as they work to find those responsible for this cowardly act and will assist in their investigation in any way we can." - Toby Sun, Co-founder and CEO of Lime
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Police found a damaged vehicle that matched the suspect description parked at Waterside Apartments near Riverside and Jackson Street. Officers served a search warrant on one of the units there but no one was home.
Police say Renier Davison turned himself in Wednesday morning and admitted to driving the Honda that killed the boy. He has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, causing an accident without a valid driver's license and driving with a suspended license.
Officials also filed charges against the boy's mother, Evelyn Ortiz-Luevano, including one count of child neglect and one count of negligent homicide - motor vehicle.
Police told FOX23 on April 29 that investigators learned Ortiz-Luevano likely fled the country for Mexico.
According to court documents, Ortiz-Luevano "crossed both lanes and recklessly rode the scooter into oncoming traffic, and in an attempt to veer out of the path of the vehicle, caused her son to fall from the scooter and then to be hit by that vehicle, causing his death."
Court documents also state a witness saw two electric scooters being driven southbound in the northbound lanes and zigzagging across lanes of traffic as other vehicles honked their horns at them.
The second scooter was being ridden by a friend of the accused, according to the court documents.
The collision happened just off the property of the Gathering Place:
"Yesterday, a young child was unfortunately struck by a motorist while riding a rented scooter down Riverside Drive. We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and send our sincerest condolences to the family. While the incident did not occur on Gathering Place property, this is an active police investigation based on a vehicular accident on a public road. Our team is supporting the Tulsa Police Department in any way needed." - Gathering Place
Anyone interested in donating to help with Caiden's funeral expenses can do so through one of two GoFundMe accounts. One was set up by the mother's employer, and the other is through the victim's family.
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