Probe of Hit and Run Continues

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Meridian police have processed a car matching the description of one that hit a child and drove away. But officials say it was not the vehicle involved.

The car police are trying to locate is an older model blue Crown Victoria with significant damage to the windshield. The car hit a 13-year-old boy riding his bicycle Monday around 7:30 p.m. near the corner of 24th Street and 43rd Avenue.

After the incident, it took authorities several hours to identify the child and locate his parents. No one in the neighborhood knew the boy and no one had reported a missing child.

"It's like on news, 'parents do you know where your children are?" said one resident of the neighborhood.

"The bike was over here, his shoe was right there and his body was over there," said a resident, pointing to different locations.

Officials say the boy suffered severe head trauma. He underwent surgery at Jeff Anderson Hospital and is now being treated at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Neighbors say that incident still has the quiet neighborhood shaken.

Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose says the parents did not offer an explanation as to why it took them so long, but he says the mother drove right past the crime scene and didn't realize it was her son.

"The parents didn't live that far," said Dubose. "They lived in the area of Highland Avenue and 24th Street."

Dubose said investigators are talking to a person of interest, but no charges had been filed as of news time. He says it has not been determined who is at fault.

The chief said investigators did process a vehicle that matched the description of the hit and run vehicle, and had damage consistent with the description of the incident, but it was determined that it was not the vehicle involved.

Neighbors say they hope the person responsible will be behind bars very soon.

If you think you might have information about this crime, call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.

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  • by MeToo on Jul 24, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    On my job I frequent some parts of town that I will NOT stop for people in the road, it is dangerous. In these areas, Yes, I will hit someone before stopping. I have found that speeding up is sometimes effective in getting people to take the hint and move. By the way, I haven't even had to come close. Even after having to file a claim for unsupervised children throwing bricks that damaged my car, the insurance company said I was wise not to stop.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jul 23, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    To Anonymous 7/22/09 04:38 p.m. Please don't call kids stupid. Yes, they do sometimes act like they own the street, but I know you would not just run them over, at least I hope you wouldn't, and no, don't run your car off the road either. What if it were you child, or children? Just blow your horn and they will move out of the street because I am sure that they do not want to be run over. Sometimes kids do stupid things, as well as adults, like for instance make the comment you made about kids being stupid enough to get hit, but no one's stupid, not even you.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    If you these kids are stupid enough to stand in the street and not get out of the way of a on coming vehicle then they are stupid enough to get hit. I am not running my car off the road just because these kids will not get out of the road.
  • by concerned parent Location: meridian on Jul 22, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    I agree with the person that said they have had to stop in the middle of the street to keep from hitting kids and adults.But the question lies in my mind is where was this childs parents. This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard of. Why was this child left unattended this time of the night? I pray this child recoveers fully. The person that done this I hope is brought to justice soon.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    The shame should not fall on the child riding in the street...the shame should fall on the person driving the car that hit the child and left him suffering in the street. I pray the child will recover and the driver will be found and prosecuted.
  • by concerened parent Location: meridian on Jul 21, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    my first question is, why was that child out that late on a bike, but however, i wish that he had not gotten hit at all. agreeing with the previous comment, i have had several children walk right in front of my car and look like i dare u to look my way.. us as parents need to step up, yes i think the responsible party needs to step foward and face reality, but who know what really happen.. my prayers go out to that child and his family.. God will step in and do his part..PARENTS DO U KNOW WHERE YOUR KIDS ARE??.. GOODNIT
  • by craig Location: meridian on Jul 21, 2009 at 05:26 PM
    the kids and some adults in meridian dont get out of the road when they see cars coming its like they are daring people to hit them i hate this kid got ran over but i think the police and parents ought to do more to keep them out of the road i have had to stop in the street to keep from hitting kids in the middle of the street and go around them because they would not move
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