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Man sentenced in hit-and-run leading to 11-year-old's death

Aaron Arnold, 11, victim of hit-and-run Aaron Arnold, 11, victim of hit-and-run
Ronald Chavez Ronald Chavez

An Arizona man has been sentenced in a deadly hit-and-run that took the life of an 11-year-old Chandler boy.

Court officials said Ronald Chavez was sentenced to seven years in prison on the charge of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and he also got five years behind bars for two drug offenses. The prison terms will run consecutively.

Chavez was arrested in May on drug charges linked to a major heroin-related drug bust.

According to the attorney general's office, Chavez was one of more than 30 people arrested. The arrest came after a joint investigation with the Department of Public Safety, Department of Corrections and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Chavez had been out on bond. Officials also confirm the suspect's father is a retired Chandler Police Department officer.

Several of Aaron Arnold's friends went to the bike park to remember and honor their friend after he passed away. They said he always rode with his brothers at Chandler Bike Park.

"Aaron was vibrant, a loud little kid. He liked to run around, liked to have fun," said family friend Anthony Wetzell.

Even though he was younger than most of the bike riders, they said he was better than most of the older kids.

"He got so good at bikes within like a week, better than most kids do in like a year," said Mitchell Maddux.

Maddux said the two were good friends, even staying over at his house on the weekends from time to time. He was shocked when he found out what happened.

"I rode all the way to their house, road all the way to their grandma's house. I got there. I was devastated the whole entire time. I literally started bawling my eyes out with them," said Maddux.

Arnold was riding his bike across Arizona Avenue when Chavez allegedly struck him with his truck and took off.

"I looked over and I saw Aaron's bike on the ground. I looked at the bike and it was pretty much in two pieces already," said friend Angel Ruiz.

Police said if Chavez had stayed there at the scene, he might not have faced any charges. He returned sometime later with his father, the retired officer.

"He's always going to be with us. I don't want to say he's in a better place, because we all want him here," said Maddux.

His family held a car wash and raised more than $8,500 for funeral expenses.

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