Crash report details toddler's death at Veterans Memorial Park

Justin Garcia
Las Cruces Sun-News
A portrait of the 18-month-old girl who was killed by a lifted truck at Veterans Memorial Park sits among her memorial at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday, April 29, 2022. The driver who killed the toddler was deemed to be not at fault, according to a crash report obtained by the Sun-News.

LAS CRUCES - The driver who killed an 18-month-old girl was not at fault, according to a crash report obtained by the Sun-News. 

The report, acquired by the Sun-News via a public records request, provides some details into the incident that left a young girl dead. A spokesperson with the City of Las Cruces said in a news release that a lifted truck ran over the girl on April 24 while she was with her family at Veterans Memorial Park. 

The city redacted the names of the driver and the girl who was killed before releasing the report to the Sun-News. The city justified the redaction by saying they were protected by the Victims of Crime Act. 

According to the crash report, the driver of the lifted 1993 Chevrolet Silverado backed into a parking spot while at Veteran's Memorial Park around 5:41 p.m. The driver noticed several adults and children passing his truck as he prepared to leave the area, the report stated. 

When he saw the group and passed his vehicle, the report stated that he drove forward. At that point, the report stated that the front tire of the driver's vehicle hit the 18-month-old girl.

The driver cooperated with the investigation, the city news release stated.

The report stated that alcohol was not a factor. 

On Thursday, City of Las Cruces spokesperson Dan Trujillo confirmed that police deemed that the driver was not at fault. He confirmed that police do not intend to file charges against the driver. 

The memorial for the 18-month-old girl who was killed in vehicular accident at Veterans Memorial Park grows in size on Friday, April 29, 2022. The driver who killed the toddler was not at fault, according to a crash report.

In the days following the crash, a makeshift memorial popped up along a rock wall that surrounds a playground at the park. Myriad stuffed animals and toys are have been placed alongside candle holders and at least one hand-drawn portrait of a young girl. Several of the items offer prayers for "Baby Gonzalez."

Justin Garcia is a public safety reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be reached at

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