Father accused of leaving son after freeway crash fails to appear in court

Angelo Fabiani's son died in June 2 crash on I-5

SAN DIEGO - A man accused of abandoning his 4-year-old son following a freeway crash near the Midway District, leaving the child bleeding on a roadside with injuries that proved fatal, failed to appear in court Tuesday for a trial-setting hearing, prompting a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Angelo Fabiani, 40, also known as Angelo Fabiani Arroyo, is charged with child endangerment and hit-and-and-run with serious injury or death. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Fabiani -- who's out of custody on $500,000 bail -- did not show up Tuesday for his Superior Court arraignment. Judge Robert F. O'Neill issued a no-bail arrest warrant but agreed to hold it for a day, with the hope that the defendant would come to court Wednesday.

Before the no-show, attorneys had agreed to set Fabiani's trial for March 17.

Fabiani was on probation for a drunken driving conviction at the time of the June 2 crash on Interstate 5 near Rosecrans Street. His son, Valentino Fabiani Arroyo, was declared brain-dead at Rady Children's Hospital eight days later.

San Diego County Deputy Medical Examiner Jacquelyn Morhaine testified at a preliminary hearing last month that the child suffered a skull fracture and brain injuries during the crash and subsequent fall to the concrete below.

The boy was strapped in a child-safety seat in a 2004 Nissan Titan that veered off southbound Interstate 5 about 8 p.m. The truck, which was hauling a small water-craft trailer, careened down an ice plant-covered embankment, slammed into a palm tree, toppled onto its passenger side and came to rest perched atop a concrete retaining wall above Jefferson Street.

The defendant got out of the vehicle and tried in vain to pull out the child, according to witnesses. He then re-entered the damaged pickup and freed the youngster, but in doing so caused the child to fall about eight feet onto a concrete sidewalk below, according to prosecutors.

The defendant eluded capture for two days before being arrested in his hometown of Imperial Beach.

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