New clue in child hit-and-run
MIRAMAR, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police released new evidence in their search for a hit-and-run driver who killed a 6-year-old boy last week.
His family is hoping the critical clues Miramar Police just released will help them find the driver and lead to an arrest.
Wednesday night, at 8:30 p.m., Deandre was leaving a McDonald's with a Happy Meal in hand, crossing the street following a relative, when a car hit him on Miramar Parkway and 62nd Avenue.
Police believe the person who hit the child was the driver of a white 4-door sedan with a missing front hub cap, as seen on a grainy surveillance video.
Deandre's mother Monique Batchelor 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."
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."
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."
A memorial for Deandre has been left on Miramar Parkway and 62nd Avenue across. People have been coming by leaving stuffed animals and lighting candles at the scene. His family remembers the bright young boy by listening to recordings of him singing. "That's Deandre, that's what he left me with. That's all I have right now," said his mother.
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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