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UPDATE: Officials interviewing person in Cesar Cruz case

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UPDATE 11/19/11: A candlelight memorial for Cesar Cruz will be held tonight from 8pm until 11pm at Highway 149 and Younger Rd. for family and friends who wish to join.


UPDATE 11/17/11: Authorities say they are interviewing a person in connection with the hit and run that killed four-year-old Cesar Cruz.


More information will be posted as it becomes available.


UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: DPS officials say the preliminary investigation shows that the four-year-old was walking in the road, northbound on Highway 149, and it appears he was struck from behind.


The child, identified as Cesar Pedro Cruz of Longview, had been reported missing earlier Tuesday evening by family members.

10:05 AM UPDATE: DPS troopers confirm this morning that the suspect they were searching for has come forward and he is NOT the man that hit the 4-year-old child. They are now searching for a silver or gray vehicle in the Chrysler family of cars, not sure what model at this time. The vehicle has headlight or fog light damage. DPS says that they have evidence from the scene that they hope will help them determine what model of Chrysler.

1:30 AM Update: DPS troopers confirm to KLTV 7 that the child killed in the accident is Cesar Cruz, 4, of Longview. Troopers say Cruz lives near the scene of the accident, but it's unclear now why the child was walking on the roadway.


GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Authorities in several counties are on alert for a hit and run driver who allegedly killed a 4-year-old child.

Just after 9 Monday night, a justice of the peace was called to Highway 149 and Younger Road, south of Lakeport, near the Easton community in Gregg County.

Authorities say a dark colored Nissan was driving north when it struck the child.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses say the driver went to a nearby gas station and pulled in.

DPS told gas station employees the driver hit a deer.

A bulletin has been sent out to find the driver.

He's described as a white male in his 30's wearing a blue uniform and a brown cap.

The suspect has a beard, and was reportedly driving a dark colored, possibly silver Nissan pickup with damage to the passenger side.

If you see this man or the truck, call authorities immediately.

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