Whiting boy killed by semi in hit-and-run
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent April 16, 2014 8:10PM
Angel Villafuerte, victim of hit-and-run accident in Whiting.
Updated: May 19, 2014 2:05PM
WHITING — A 12-year-old boy was killed Wednesday when he was struck by a semi truck on Indianapolis Boulevard near 119th Street, according to police.
Angel Villafuerte, of the 1200 block of Euclid Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lake County coroner’s office.
Police Chief Steve Miller said Angel and his brother, Michael Calzada, were attempting to cross Indianapolis Boulevard about 3:15 p.m. when Angel stepped out in the walkway and was hit by the truck, which was traveling north and did not stop, witnesses told police.
Whiting officers were near the scene of the accident and received a description of the truck, with two officers stopping a truck southbound on Calumet Avenue about three miles from the accident scene and detaining the driver.
Miller said the Indiana State Police Traffic Reconstruction Team and state motor carrier inspectors are assisting with the investigation.
State police public information officer Sgt. Trent Smith said state police have a “vehicle of interest,” but have not “confirmed that it’s the one that left the scene.”
No charges had been filed as of Wednesday night.
Michael, 16, said he’s not sure exactly what happened, but he is sure his little brother didn’t run out in front of the truck.
“I yelled for him to wait and he just waited, and it was like he got pulled under the truck,” Michael said.
Michael and their sister, Ariana Calzada, 15, recalled their brother’s “great smile and great heart.” Ariana said he was the first person to try to make her laugh whenever she felt down.
“He was energetic and funny and very kind,” she said.
Michael said he and Angel used to fight a lot, but they always made up quickly.
And he offered some advice.
“If you have a little brother or sister, please care about them. You don’t know when they’re going to be gone,” he said.