- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The 22-year-old driver of a car believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run accident that left a 6-year-old boy dead and his 9-year-old sister injured was in custody Monday, police said.

Officer Garry Flot, a spokesman for the police department, said Arthur Toledano was arrested at his home on charges of manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, hit-and-run, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Bond information was not immediately available. It was unclear whether he was represented by an attorney.

Toledano was previously arrested for traffic violations and warrants, the department said.

“We are extremely saddened by the loss of this young life, but I’m extremely happy that our traffic investigators acted very swiftly with the evidence they received in making this arrest,” Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a statement Monday.

Flot said the accident happened about 7 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Paris Avenue and Lafreniere Street. The young boy and his sister along with two other children were crossing Paris Avenue in the crosswalk when the driver of a gray Honda Crosstour hit both children and fled the scene.

The boy, identified by a relative as Shaud Wilson, died at the hospital; the girl had non-life threatening injuries. The other two children were not hurt.

Through the course of the investigation, officers located the vehicle and identified Toledano as the driver.

Bond information was not immediately available. It also was unclear whether Toledano has an attorney.

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