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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