LANCASTER – Candles, teddy bears, and flowers marked the spot Friday morning (Dec. 7) where a Lancaster toddler was killed by a driver fleeing deputies the night before.
The two-year-old girl has been identified as Madison Ruano, according to Lancaster Station deputy Miguel T. Ruiz. Ruano’s mother, whose name has not been released by authorities, is currently in serious but stable condition at the hospital, Ruiz said.
Mother and daughter were riding in a blue Lexus going northbound on 10th Street West around 4:56 p.m. Thursday, when their vehicle was struck by a black Toyota that ran a red light.
The Toyota’s driver, identified Friday as 45-year-old Marvin Hicks, was fleeing deputies at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash, authorities said. (Read more here.)
Hicks, who also suffered injuries in the collision, was treated and released from the hospital into police custody Thursday night, Ruiz said.
He was booked at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station for vehicular manslaughter and evading a peace officer and is being held on $1 million bail, Ruiz said.
Hicks has a criminal history dating back to 1995, according to Los Angeles Superior Court records.
In June of 1995, Hicks was convicted of reckless driving; in August that same year, Hicks was convicted of misdemeanor hit and run; in October of 2001, Hicks was convicted of driving under the influence; and in April of this year, Hicks was convicted of vandalism, according to court records.
Hicks was also held to answer to an attempted burglary charge in December of 2011; and in October of this year, Hicks was charged with battery and being under the influence of a controlled substance, according to court records.
Hicks may also have been under the influence of a controlled substance during Thursday night’s collision, Ruiz said.
“That’s what deputies on scene observed,” Ruiz said. “Blood was drawn from him while he was in custody, and we’re still waiting for the toxicology report.”
A facebook page to honor Madison Ruano’s memory and a memorial fundraiser were set up online Friday.
“Baby Madison was born prematurely at 25 weeks, after a long traumatic labor and delivery. Tina and Madison’s lives were both threatened but, by the grace of God, they both survived. Madison was 1 lb 14oz at birth and lived in the hospital for the first few months of her life. She came home to her dad, Mike and mom, Tina, at just over 4 lbs… Our hearts are breaking for this precious family. We know that Madison is now in the arms of our dear Lord, Jesus. We are thankful for her life and the short time that we had her with us,” reads the facebook page. View it here.
As of 6 p.m. Friday, the memorial fundraiser had already raised more than $1,500 towards it $10,000 fundraising goal. To donate to this effort, click here.
Anyone who may have witnessed the pursuit and fatal collision Thursday is asked to contact Lancaster Station’s Traffic Unit at 661-940-3811.