Hit And Run Crash Kills 4-Year Old Boy, Injures Mother - New York News

Hit And Run Crash Kills 4-Year Old Boy, Injures Mother

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UPDATE: The man in question has turned himself into Bell Gardens police.

How does this keep happening?

You have to actually be there and see it and talk to people and feel their pain to get a real sense of a tragedy. We try to go a good job with pictures and sound and interview on TV. But, to actually stand in the street where a four-year-old boy was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, to talk to his mother as she cries, to see his aunts and uncles and cousins hugging, to look at all the pictures of him on everyone's phones, well it's quite powerful tragic and sad.

This time it was at Firestone and Holmes in South Los Angeles, about seven Thursday night. The victim's name was Evan Butterfield. He just turned four, had started pre-school, was in one of those cute little plastic pull carts with his aunt when someone driving an SUV hit a couple of cars down the street, then them. He was rushed to the hospital. Evan didn't make it; his aunt will. His mother said Evan “was loved, no matter what, he was loved.'' The CHP, which is investigating, says the SUV that hit them was abandoned a few blocks away, the passenger was still in it, held by witnesses, but the driver had run off. I'm told that he has ties to the community, is perhaps in Compton, and the officer I talked with sounded fairly confident that they can find him and arrest him and presumably charge him with a serious crime.

It happens so often, a tragic accident is made worse by the driver speeding off, when in some cases, if they had just stopped and tried to help and not run, it would just be a tragedy, but not a crime. In this case it's too early to tell what other factors, if any, contributed to what happened. Meantime, the family has already started raising money to pay for a funeral, going from car-to-car on Firestone Friday afternoon with plastic buckets collecting cash. I was hoping no one would get hit by a car while I was watching that.

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