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Florida man wanted for hit-and-run crash that killed toddler in Daytona Beach turns himself in

Posted at 7:51 AM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-21 10:31:41-04

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Police say a man wanted in connection to the hit-and-run death of a toddler turned himself in.

Daytona Beach police announced on Saturday that 29-year-old Earnest Ponder turned himself at the Volusia County Jail. He faces two felony charges in relation to the crash.

Dayton Beach Police Chief Craig Capri told news outlets it appears Ponder backed into the child, who was about 22-months-old. Police haven't released the name of the child and there were few details about what happened.

Police say Ponder goes by the nickname "Boss."

Volusia County court records show Ponder has been arrested 12 times since 2002, most recently in February when he was charged with possession of cocaine and resisting arrest.