Toddler who died after being hit by car identified

ENCINITAS, Calif. - Authorities Saturday publicly identified the 3-year-old boy who was struck and killed as he darted into the path of a car in an Encinitas neighborhood.

Juan Ruiz of Encinitas was walking next to his mother, who was pushing his sibling in a stroller along the 400 block of Encinitas Boulevard near Quail Drive, shortly before 7:30 a.m. Friday when he was struck, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The driver of a Toyota Camry, a 32-year-old man headed to work, was pulling out of the Essex Heights apartment complex's driveway when the child ran directly into his path on the roadside, sheriff's officials said.

"He came down the driveway ... looked to the left and didn't see any cars coming and proceeded to get onto the roadway and did not see the toddler at all," said Deputy David Loe.

The toddler wound up pinned beneath the sedan, and the driver and a bystander pulled him out, sheriff's officials said.

"Some citizens stopped, they lifted the car up prior to personnel getting to the scene and had the child away from the car when we got on scene," Loe said.

The boy was taken to a hospital and died shortly after arrival, the Medical Examiner's Office reported.

The motorist was not expected to face charges, Loe told reporters.

Loe said the driver was "inching his way out. I mean, he came down the driveway 5 or 6 miles per hour."

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