Split verdict for father who left his son to die in car crash
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The father who left his injured four-year-old son behind after the boy fell ten-feet from his car seat to the sidewalk after a crash on a San Diego freeway transition ramp was found guilty of hit-and-run, but not guilty of child endangerment, on Monday.
During closing argument in the trial of Angelo Fabiani, Deputy District Attorney Marisa Di Tillio said the defendant walked away from the June 2, 2013, accident after unlatching a seat belt that was holding his son Valentino’s car seat in place, sending the child headfirst into the concrete below.
The four-year-old boy was declared brain-dead eight days later.
“He (the defendant) left him there,” the prosecutor told the jury. “He was reckless in what he did.”
In his court testimony, Fabiani said he left the scene because he couldn’t bear to see his bloodied son, whom he thought was already dead.
Fabiani was arrested two days after the accident. During that time, Fabiani was reported as not having called the police or check on his son’s condition.
The prosecution said Fabiani was planning on fleeing across the border into Mexico.
“I can’t live with myself,” Fabiani wrote in one Facebook message. “I’ve done the ultimate bad. I’m on the run from the law.”
Fabiani’s Defense Attorney Allen Bloom said he should have been hailed as a hero for jumping in the back on his damaged pickup truck and trying to free his son.
“What would she (the prosecutor) have him do?” Bloom asked. “Would any of us done any differently? He tried to save his boy. Angelo’s actions here were not reckless. They were heroic,” said Bloom.
Fabiani faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.