Worker charged in death of toddler at auto shop

Police say they have made an arrest in connection to the death of 1-year-old Joshua Guitteriez at an auto repair shop in Wallkill. Family members

One-year-old Joshua Gutierrez died Monday after being struck by a car at his family's business.

One-year-old Joshua Gutierrez died Monday after being struck by a car at his family's business. (9/6/16)

WALLKILL - Police say they have made an arrest in connection to the death of 1-year-old Joshua Guitteriez at an auto repair shop in Wallkill on Monday.

Family members tell News 12 that the boy's mother was picking up his father at his auto repair shop. The boy was let out of the car to play, and that's when the family says a worker accidentally ran over the child.

Emergency crews reportedly took the boy to Orange Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say Antonio Mendez, 31, of Middletown, struck the child as he backed up a vehicle. Mendez has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. There is no word yet if other charges will be filed.

Police say Mendez will appear in court later this week for the suspended license charge.

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