OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) – An elderly man who Broward Sheriff’s Investigators said struck and killed a 4-year-old boy has been arrested more than a month after the incident occurred.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide detectives arrested Delivrance Delien, 65, on Thursday.
Broward County Jail records show Delien faces 12 charges, including aggravated manslaughter of a child.
According to BSO, Delien, was visiting a home on Northwest 42 Street in Oakland Park on July 5. As he tried to leave, witnesses stated he was driving erratically and being reckless.
Witnesses watched as Delien hit a parked vehicle in the driveway that then struck Estelida Morales, 54, and her 4-year-old grandson, Joshua as they were standing in the yard of a home. Joshua was killed. The boy was from Sugarloaf Key visiting family in Oakland Park.
Joshua’s father told CBS 4 News on Thursday that he is pleased Delien is locked up.
“He made a really bad decision and he needs to pay for it,” Snyder said.
Kathreen Gilbert said she remains traumatized by witnessing the deadly accident outside of her Oakland Park apartment.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for them to pick him up,” she told CBS 4’s Carey Codd. “He took this child’s life. His whole family is devastated.”
Gilbert said the horror of that day lingers with her, like whenever she sees the investigator’s markings on the ground. She said Delien’s driving was reckless.
“It was like how can you keep running over this child,” she said. “Stop. What is wrong with you? Do you have a soul, a heart?”
Gilbert said Delien showed no remorse for what he did. She said her friend and neighbor — Morales — doted on Joshua and his brother. She added that after Morales got out of the hospital she couldn’t bear to return to her apartment.
“It took a piece of her,’ Gilbert said. “A big chunk of her, the whole family. I know it did.”
Gilbert maintains a small memorial to Joshua and each night she turns on a light which glows in the boy’s memory. She believes Delien needs to face a stiff punishment for extinguishing this child’s bright light.
“He deserves everything he gets,” she said.
Court records show that the driver — Delivrance Delien — has had at least seven traffic infractions in Broward since 2008. Delien is expected to go before a judge on Friday morning.
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