Anais Hernandez Las Vegas woman arrested after letting teen, Anthony De La Torre hold on to her moving car skateboarding only to be killed as his aunt, Destiny Jimenez drove.
A Las Vegas woman who allowed a 15-year-old skateboarder to hang onto the side of her car before he was fatally crushed has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for child abuse.
Anais Hernandez, 36, was behind the wheel May 13, 2022, when Anthony De La Torre asked if he could skateboard while holding onto the car, KLAS reported.
Hernandez refused, telling him the stunt would be unsafe.
Nevertheless, Hernandez let the boy’s 19-year-old aunt, Destiny Jimenez, drive instead — even though Jimenez had been drinking, smoking weed and didn’t have a driver’s license, KLAS reported.
After Jimenez took the wheel, De La Torre — one of four youngsters in the back seat — started skateboarding while holding onto the outside of the Jeep, when at some point the boy fell.
Manner of death determined to be accidental
Hernandez later told police it felt like the vehicle had run over ‘a bump’ when they had actually hit and run over De La Torre.
When the group got out of the vehicle, they found De La Torre lying on the road, bleeding from his head.
Responding police found De La Torre surrounded by family members. Jimenez at the time said she was the driver and admitted to drinking and smoking prior to the crash, KLAS reported.
Police records later revealed Jimenez didn’t have a driver’s license.
De La Torre died from his injuries four days later. His cause of death was determined the result of multiple blunt force injuries, with the manner listed as accidental.
Jimenez at the time was charged with reckless driving resulting in death, DUI resulting in death and driving without a valid driver’s license.
Hernandez did not face charges at the time.
Bad judgement call with no return consequences
Police later discovered that the vehicle belonged to Hernandez who had been driving that day with Jimenez in the passenger seat and four juveniles in the backseat.
Hernandez, who had a felony warrant out for her arrest on charges of child abuse/neglect, was spotted by police on March 29 and arrested.
‘It’s really difficult to come to terms,’ Anthony’s maternal aunt Lydize Lopez told KLAS. ‘With my nephew never being here again.’
‘It’s hard to wrap my head around that I won’t ever see him again,’ Lopez said. ‘Because of a mistake that somebody made.’