PRESS RELEASE, 4/12/2011

Hamilton County Prosecutor announces indictment in death of toddler

Defendant facing over 21 years in prison for April 2nd crash that leaves toddler dead and mother in serious condition.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Rodolfo J. Temaj-Felix (DOB  9/18/86) for 1 count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 1), 1 count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide (Felony 2), 1 count of Aggravated Vehicular Assault (Felony 3), 1 count of Vehicular Assault (Felony 4), 1 count of Failure to Stop after an Accident (Felony 3) and 1 count of Failure to Stop after an Accident (Felony 5) in the April 2nd crash that killed 3 year-old Shakir West and seriously injured his mother Niya Taylor.  If convicted of all charges, Temaj-Felix faces over 21 years in prison.

At 6:30 a.m. on April 2nd, Niya Taylor was walking her 3 year-old son to daycare when a car driven by Temaj-Felix ran a red light and struck both victims.  Taylor and her son were in the crosswalk at Westwood Avenue near the intersection with Grand Avenue when struck by the car.  Temaj-Felix, who was driving without a valid driver’s license,  tested .213 BAC. 

West was taken to Children’s Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.  Taylor suffered numerous broken bones including an ankle, leg, ribs, clavical and neck bone.  She remains in the hospital in serious condition. 

Prosecutor Deters commented, “It is hard to believe that there has been another fatal crash so soon after the tragedy involving the taxi cab driver and his passenger.  Again, a family in our community is suffering needlessly as a result of the stupidity and criminal actions of another.  It is beyond belief to think that a simple walk to daycare would end with such unspeakable horror.”