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Second arrest made in WVC hit-and-run stroller death

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Nov 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-26 22:26:35-05

WEST VALLEY CITY — A second arrest has been made in the death of a toddler in a hit-and-run accident in June while crossing the street  in a stroller with his mother in West Valley City, officials said Tuesday.

Investigators learned through two sources that Kimberly Munoz’s father knew about her involvement in the fatal accident, West Valley City police officials said.

Rodolfo Damian Munoz, 54, was interviewed by police and reportedly denied knowing about the incident.

Rodolfo Munoz has been charged with obstruction of justice and giving false statements to police.

On June 10, Kimberly Munoz, 21, reportedly hit Gavyn Barnett, 2, while crossing the road in a stroller with his mother Angela and his sister near 5600 West and 4000 South.

Gavyn, was tossed from his stroller onto the pavement. He died the next day.

The case remained unsolved until police received a tip from someone claiming their brother knew what happened.

“When our officers spoke to him he was a little emotional about it, and maybe that got to him,” said Sgt. Jason Hauer of West Valley City Police.

The brother turned out to be the ex-boyfriend of Kimberly Munoz who police said later confessed to the crime.

“We had exhausted all of our investigative leads,” Hauer said, “Without this boyfriend having come forward, then potentially it could have gone unsolved.”

Kimberly Munoz is facing a third-degree felony hit-and-run charge, as well as a charge for improper Lookout, a misdemeanor.