SAN BERNARDINO: Boy, 2, hit by car ‘touched so many lives,' dad says at vigil


Boy called "one of a kind" during candlelight vigil held in front of his parents' home. The driver who hit him remains at large. He remained on life support Friday night so his organs can be donated; no blood is flowing to his brain.

Tears run down the cheeks of Angel Montes, 25, as she stands with her husband, Raymond Montes, 30, during a candlelight vigil for their son, Jonathan JR Montes, on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the 7200 block of Perris Hill Road in San Bernardino. The 2-year-old boy was struck in a hit-and-run and badly hurt. Though he was on life support Friday night, Sept, 4, 2015, no blood was flowing to his brain. (PETER SUROWSKI, STAFF)

For his brief time on this earth, he brought so many smiles.

This was the sentiment echoed by dozens of friends, family and community members during a candlelight vigil in San Bernardino on Friday, Aug. 4, in honor of 2-year-old Jonathan "JR" Montes, who was struck and badly hurt by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene.

Jonathan remained on life support Friday night, his dad, Raymond Montes, 30, said.

Family members at the vigil said the suspect is still at large.

More than 100 people Friday gathered at thehome of the boy’s parents, Raymond Montes and Angel Montes, 25.

Photos of their son hung on the chain link fence around their yard along with things the boy loved: a poster of Spider-Man, a picture of the Minions, even a plastic bag holding a slice of pizza.

The little boy was struck by the driver of an older model silver Subaru sedan about 8 p.m. Tuesday as he played in the street with his 5-year-old brother outside their home in the 7200 block of Perris Hill Road, police said.

The boy was rushed to a hospital with a broken neck, brain swelling, bruised kidneys and an injured lung, family members wrote on an online fundraising page aiming to raise money benefiting his parents. Continue reading