“Imagine your son falling from your arms?” cried family member Martha Tolles, as she made a public plea in Fabiani Arroyo’s defense, “please people have sympathy.”
The 40-year-old father of two entered a plea of not guilty.
“He’s a beautiful father, great father, a loving father,” sobbed Tolles through tears. “This was a horrific accident. He tried to save the baby.”
Arroyo is charged with child endangerment and felony hit-and-run after crashing his truck over an embankment in the Midway area Sunday night and leaving his injured 4-year-old boy, Valentino.
And she said, instead of calling 911, Fabiani Arroyo took off running. He was arrested two days later in Imperial Beach. Santana told the judge Fabiani Arroyo was on parole for DUI.
Video posted to Fabiani Arroyo’s Facebook page shows the family in happier times. According to his family, he was a U.S. Marine who served years ago in Special Operations. They believe he hit his head during the crash and went wasn’t thinking straight.
“He would never run,” said a family friend. “I believe he got disoriented and he hit his head. He loved that baby. He was a good father — a good man.”
Valentino Fabiani Arroyo remains in critical condition at Rady’s Children’s Hospital.
“It doesn’t look good, and it’s going to take a miracle from God above,” the family friend said.
Fabiani Arroyo has three prior DUI convictions and served one year in prison for the last one. He had only recently got his license back. If convicted on all charges, he faces 7 years in prison.