Mother of boy killed in hit-and-run asking for help
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- The mother of a boy who was killed in a hit-and-run is asking for help in finding the driver responsible.
Six-year-old Deandre Binns, was hit by a car Wednesday night, at 8:30 p.m., as he crossed Miramar Parkway along Southwest 62nd Avenue. Deandre was following his family across the street to a McDonald's.
Whoever struck Deandre was last seen swerving, trying to get the child's body off the hood and eventually managed to flick him forward and then ran over him. You cannot help but wonder if the driver would have stopped, would this boy be still alive? And why didn't he stop? The child's tormented mother needs to know answers to these questions.
The mother of the child, Monique Batchelor, played a recording of her son singing and said, "That's Deandre, that's what he left me with. That's all I have right now."
Even the best efforts of paramedics could not save her son last Wednesday night. He was struck and killed possibly by the driver of a white 4-door sedan with a missing front hub cap, as seen on a grainy surveillance video.
Monday, police released the 911 calls after the child was struck.
Caller: "Hi, I'm on the corner of Miramar and Southwest 62nd Avenue. A little kid just got run over, and the car just kept on driving."
Dispatcher: "Did anyone see the vehicle? Did anyone get a description of the vehicle?"
Caller: "I don't know, but the kid is bleeding, and he's not moving."
Raquel Lesley tried to help. "I tried to hold him and tell him, 'It's going to be OK, don't let go.'
Miramar Police Department Officer Seth Schaller said, "We have from witnesses, the child was struck. After the child was struck he went up on the hood and that the vehicle swerved several times trying to dislodge the child and then completely ran him over in an attempt to flee the scene."
Deandre's mother said, if she could say anything to the driver, she would let them know, "I have no hatred towards you. It could have been me. I just want you to come forward. That's all. Please, please, please. Someone, anyone? Anyone there with information. Please, we need this. We need closure."
If you have any information on this hit-and-run, 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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