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Man confesses to hit and run that killed a 6-year-old boy


GENTILLY, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of killing a little boy in a hit-and-run accident confessed his involvement to police, and the 6-year-old's family members tell FOX 8 that they can forgive Arthur Toledano for the accident, but not for running away.

A memorial of stuffed animals filled the neutral ground on Paris Avenue where the accident happened.

"That could have been anybody's child, unfortunately it was my grandchild," said Lloyd Goeloe.

Goeloe mourns his grandson, Shaud Wilson, who was hit and killed on his way to his bus stop. Surveillance video from a nearby business captured the deadly crash.

"It wasn't easy for anybody to look at it, and my first words were, 'oh my grandbaby' because he got struck and went really high in the air and landed on top of his vehicle," Goeloe said.

Goeloe said Shaud's mother were watching Shaud and his three siblings cross the street. Two had already made it to the other side, when a car stopped to let Shad and his sister pass.

"It was a good deed that was intended, but it didn't turn out that way cause you had a fool that was out there that put everybody at risk," said Goeloe.

Police say that driver was 22-year-old Toledano, and they found Toledano at his home just 14 blocks from the crash site.

According to our partners at | The Times Picayune, the arrest report says that's when Toledano confessed his involvement in the hit and run, and later at the police station confessed to fleeing the scene.

"Personally I wouldn't be wanting to hear his confessions. I would have much rather he had the proper judgement in all of this," said Goeloe.

Neighbors say Paris Avenue has a history of aggressive drivers.

"These cars they pass real real fast, texting and driving," said a neighbor, Benjahmn Studart.

"The speed is outrageous how fast they be going coming off the interstate and coming from Gentilly," said Bernard Jackson, a Paris Avenue resident.

It's why Lloyd Goeloe said his daughter, Shaud's mother, had asked the school district to have the bus pick her kids up on their side of Paris Avenue.

He said the bus already passes in front of their house, but it doesn't stop.

"So she wasn't trying to get the route changed," said Goeloe. "She wasn't trying to have them picked up directly in front of the door, if she could have had the bus stop at the corner, but they told her no."

He said he taught the kids to cross safely, and he only wishes he had told them not to cross - even when a vehicle stops and beckons them forward.

He also hopes the bus company will now reconsider.

"At some point, exceptions can be made, and I'm sorry that they couldn't find any heart to make an exception in this case. That way my grandchildren wouldn't have had to cross that street like that," said Goeloe.

The manager of communications for Crescent City Schools, Kacie Fuselier, said they were not aware of any requests to change the route on Paris Avenue.

Fuselier sent this statement:

"Akili Academy, like most public schools in New Orleans, contracts out with a bus company who then creates bus routes based on efficiency and safety. We contract out with Hammond's Transportation. When a family brings a concern to us regarding the bus stop, we work with Hammond's and the family to resolve any issues."

Arthur Toledano's bond is set at $150,000 for manslaughter, $75,000 for attempted manslaughter and $50,000 for hit and run.

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