Man accused of killing mother and son in fatal South Bend hit and run turns himself in
30-year-old Joel Barrozo officially turned himself in at the St. Joseph County Jail late Monday afternoon.
Officials say he'll be in court Wednesday at 1 p.m. for his arraignment and bail hearing.
The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office has charged Barrozo in the fatal crash on Sunday night on Bendix Drive.
The two people who died in last night's crash are 47-year-old Marvi Thomas and 9-year-old Christopher Poe.
The three people critically injured have been identified as Elizabeth Kelly, her daughter Isabelle Jasper, and Christopher Wilson. The coroner says Isabelle Jasper was 22-months-old.
The three injured were taken to the hospital for serious injuries.
Barrozo was charged with two counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death and three counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Serious Bodily Injury.
Prosecutor Ken Cotter says this tragedy is made worse when a driver doesn't stay at the scene.
“Not to have some sense of finality, some understanding of what happened and why, it’s really difficult for families,” said Cotter. “I’ve sat in this room and had to speak with family members who don’t understand why a person wouldn’t stay.”
Cotter says he's looking at this like a crash, not an accident.
He says all indications point to Barrozo being the cause. Barrozo is facing two counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing death and three counts of leaving the scene causing serious injury.
Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski says this is impacting everyone who was at the scene.
“The first responders, the FACT team, the police and fire, all the investigators that made it out, all the witnesses that were out there, that will always be fresh," said Ruszkowski. "It will never be history in their minds and we have to understand that."
The two victims were both part of the Success Academy family in South Bend.
Marvi Thomas worked at the school and her son Christopher was a fourth grader.
In a statement, Principal Dean Fecher said they will leave behind many who were touched by their presence: