Family makes plea to catch hit-and-run driver
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida family is making a plea for the driver to come forward after a 6-year-old boy was struck and killed while crossing the street
Deandre Binns' family is devastated and heartbroken. His mother and a male relative were leaving the McDonald's on Southwest 62nd Avenue and Miramar Parkway Wednesday night, when Deandre was following the relative while crossing the street. A vehicle heading eastbound on that street then struck him.
"He was just hungry, and all I wanted to do was just feed him, and I sat there and watched him eat, and then after that, I had to watch him leave," said his mother Monique Batchelor.
Deandre was rushed to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital where he later died.
Police said the boy ended up on the hood of the vehicle while the driver kept driving. He ultimately fell off the car, and the driver ran him over. "The child ended up on the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle kept on going, swerved about two times," said Miramar Police Tania Rues. "The child fell off the car, and this vehicle then proceeded to run the child over and flee the scene."
Thursday morning family and friends gathered at the scene where Deandre's life was taken. "You know, in life you go through a lot of things, but when you have a child, it can change you ... and he did change me," said his father Jermaine Binns. "All I was living for was for him."
Deandre's brother JJ Binns cried as he said, "That was my favorite little brother. He looked just like me."
"Deandre meant the world to me. He was going to be the shinning star," said Batchelor.
Great Aunt Camille Rose said she had a dream that something terrible was going to happen. "I saw it. I saw it," said Rose.
The elder Binns wants the driver responsible to come forward and bring him justice. "I still don't believe he died. I still believe I'm dreaming, still believe this is a trick. Please bring me justice," said Binns.
Police are now looking for a newer model white Dodge Charger with 22-inch rims and dark tinted windows. 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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