Suspect charged in hit-and-run that killed a 2-year-old pleads not guilty

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Felix Santos

A Syracuse man who was wanted in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a 2-year-old girl and injured two other people pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

18-year-old Felix Santos was wanted in connection with the May 27 crash that killed Jameisha Stanford, and injured 26-year-old James Stanford and 1-year-old James Stanford Jr. on Shonnard Street.

He was caught in North Carolina with the help of U.S. Marshals – he was returned to Syracuse on July 11.

He faces charges including:

– Second-degree manslaughter
– Leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision
– Reckless driving
– Multiple vehicle and traffic offenses

He also faces separate charges from April 17 for criminal possession of a controlled substance.
On Wednesday, his bail was set at $250,000 cash bail or bond.

A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday.

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