Boy struck, killed in street, driver at large
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- As Miramar Police continue to search for the hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 6-year-old boy in the street, a family grieves.
The victim's half-brother reacted to the tragic news. "That was my favorite little brother. He looked just like me," said J.J. Bins, through tears. "We used to play video games together. We used to sit outside and relax or play around with each other, but I didn't really get to see him much."
Monique Batchelor, the victim's mother said, "Andre meant the world to me. He was going to be the shining star. We need to close this. We need some closure from it."
Father Jermaine Binns, added, "You hit a child, a 6-year-old child, very innocent and you keep going, please stop. Ain't nothing that bad in life. You took a child's life, so please, please, please ... Please, bring me justice."
The incident occurred on Southwest 62nd Avenue and Miramar Parkway, Wednesday night.
Thursday, a make-shift memorial of stuffed animals, flowers and candles mark the spot where the little boy lost his life.
According to police, the 6-year-old was following his uncle who was carrying his daughter out of a McDonald's. They were trying to cross the street when a driver struck the boy. The boy ended up on the hood of the vehicle while the driver kept driving. "The vehicle kept on going, swerved about two times," said Miramar Police Department spokesperson Tania Rues. "The child fell off the car, and this vehicle then proceeded to run the child over and flee the scene."
The child was transported to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital where he later died.
Police believe the driver continued east and made a right on US-441/State Road 7.
Police are now looking for a newer model white Dodge Charger with 22-inch rims. If you have any information on this vehicle, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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