Jurupa Valley teen thrown from truck and killed is identified
By Mark Muckenfuss A makeshift memorial on Live Oak Drive in Jurupa Valley pays homage to Andrew Botello, 14, who was thrown from a truck and killed Thursday, July 20. (Photo by Mark Muckenfuss, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
The 14-year-old killed in a traffic incident Thursday night, July 20, in Jurupa Valley has been identified by a relative as Andrew Botello.
Andrew was reportedly thrown from the back of a pickup he was riding in at 10:30 that evening. Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested Layn Robert Allan Meyer, 22, of Jurupa Valley on suspicion of murder, but have not said what role he played in the incident.
On Sunday, a makeshift memorial of a small cross, flowers, a photo, a bag of Cheetos and a cluster of tall votive candles lined a portion of the curb on Live Oak Drive. Visitors had scrawled messages on the curb, such as “Andrew, you are now in God’s hands. We will miss you.”
Omar Botello, 20, is Andrew’s uncle. He said the family is struggling to cope with the loss — particularly Andrew’s grandfather, Antonio, who had raised Andrew since the young man’s father was deported years ago. Andrew’s younger brother and sister also live in the home.
“My dad breaks down real easily,” Omar said. “Someone will come by to give their condolences and he’ll just collapse.”
Andrew was found lying in the road at Lakeside and Live Oak drives late Thursday by deputies responding to a call about a possible hit-and-run. He died at the hospital. Investigators believe he had been thrown from the back of a moving truck “due to reckless driving,” according to a Riverside County sheriff’s news release.
Deputies arrested Meyer the next afternoon at his home in the 4000 block of Scholes Avenue, according to the release and jail records. Meyer remained in jail Sunday, with bail set […]