Neighbors Concerned about Children's Safety

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

An ongoing case for the Meridian Police Department is a hit and run July 20 that seriously injured a child riding his bicycle.

Officials have identified a suspect, 35-year-old Darryl "Dickey Doo" Hampton, Jr. But as of Friday evening, he had not yet been taken into custody.

Police say they believe Hampton hit the child with his older model Mercury Marquis, fled the scene, and then tried to cover up evidence by repainting the car.

The incident has shocked and angered people in the 43rd Avenue/24th Street neighborhood where the collision happened.

"There are a bunch of kids out here, so there is always someone fun to play with," said Joshua Davis, who lives on the street where the young boy was struck.

But for the adults on the street, the attitude is much different.

"I'm just trying to get out of this neighborhood fast as I can," said resident Charles Wash. "People are so crazy now."

Wash, who is recovering from a stroke, said he's appalled that Hampton is still dodging authorities. But no one is more concerned than the parents on this street.

Neighbors say the main issue is 43rd Avenue. They say drivers will speed through at well over 50 miles per hour on this residential street.

"I'm in a protective mode of all of this," said a mother, Amy Davis. "And it really bothers me that he could be so careless."

None of the people we talked to know the suspect, but they believe the people who do will eventually turn him in to police, but they have no confidence that he surrender.

"Apparently he must have been frightened, but perhaps something was wrong," said resident Sindy Howard. "Maybe no insurance. But it is awful."

Fortunately for Amy Davis, her children have learned a lesson.

I"'m looking out for cars more because I don't want to get hit like him," said Jeremy Davis.

if you have information about the suspect, authorities ask that you call Crimestoppers at 601-485-1860.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    You talk about sidewalks, but are you willing to pay the price. If you really want them you can get with your neighbors and ask the city to put them in. The catch is that the bill will be added to your taxes until it is paid. You want sidewalks, then step up and come off the money to make it happen.
  • by dot on Jul 25, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    I think that its a shame when you are a christian, a christian have the right to do right and obey the laws of the land.
  • by ROSALIND Location: UNKNOWN on Jul 25, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    FIRST LETS PRAY FOR THE FAMILY AND THE LITTLE BOY THAT HE MAY RECOVER ALL INJURIRES.SECONDLY, I HAVE KIDS AND THEY DO FEEL LIKES THE STREETS IS THE BEST PLACE TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS BUT IT'S THE MOST DANGEROUS AND I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE PERSON WHO HIT THE CHILD WILL TURN THEIRSELF IN,BECAUSE HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF SOMEONE HIT YOUR CHILD AND KEEP GOING AND NEVER LOOK BACK, THAT'S A BAD FEELING. I PRAY THAT THE SITUATION IN A WHOLE COME OUT GREAT, BEACAUSE GOD'S KNOWS THE OUTCOME AND I FEEL THE CHILD WILL RECOVER. PARENTS OF THE CHILD HOLD YOUR HEAD UP AND STAY STRONG YOU HAVE A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF YOU. DON'T GIVE UP AND PRAY EVERY CHANCE YOU GET.
  • by Kim Location: NY,NY on Jul 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    Meridianites please don't take this time to point the the finger. If we all as a community take time out of our busy lives to care for our neighbors children as we would our own. Or maybe the community should have gotten together to get speed bumps put in the neighborhood since so many of u are saying that the street was so dangerous. Its a tragedy for both families a little boy is fighting for his life and two little boys will be losing a father.Lets stand up as a community. In white neighborhoods speed bumps and children playing signs are up because white folks have stickness and will make things happen black folks just want to sit around and point the finger.DO SOMETHING TO PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN Please dont misread what I'm saying...The driver should pay for what bad choices he made when he hit the child and left him in the streets like as if he was a wounded animal. I'm just saying Stop looking for someone to blame and start with yourselves as a community.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jul 25, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    I agree sidewalks and parental control will keep our children safe but this WAS NOT the problem; the problem was "hit and run". If the driver made an accident, why did he run, he could have stayed and faced the music. This little boy has a long way to go and God bless him and his family. Everyone is in on uproar of this latest tragedy but what about 17 year of Felix Mitchell, who was ran over in Marion, MS and was killed; no one has even mentioned that the driver of this crime also "hit and ran". (sounds like cover up to me)Just maybe if the news and the public had picked up on this tragedy, then this 10 year old wouldn't been injured.
  • by tina Location: meridian on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    This is such a tragedy, a child fights for his life and a man runs and hide.Please Meridian, if this man is in your eyesight let your light shine and do what we as a community should do.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2009 at 09:15 PM
    Someone told me the child was riding his bike to a friend's house to spend the night. If that's true, the parents would have no reason to miss him and they would not be negligent parents. Also it happened around 7:30pm. It's still not dark at that hour. Children ride their bikes in neighborhoods all over this city without their parents right beside them. Everybody's kids, past a certain age, play without a parent or guardian right there. This could have happened to anyone. The driver is the only one at fault because he ran.
  • by Elaine Location: Meridian on Jul 24, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    I think that this tragedy would be a good opportunity to bring up the fact that we need sidewalks. Especially in this neighborhood, with the park and schools both within walking distance, children should be able to safely walk down the road, but if a child wants to ride his bike or walk anywhere, they have to walk or ride in the road. This is undeniably dangerous. Yes, we can talk to children and tell them not to walk in the roads, but where are they going to go? If the yard they are passing is even with the road, with the grass well-trimmed, no obstructions, and the home owner does not mind children running through their yards, kids can walk in the grass, but these qualifications are very rarely all met. We need to, as a community, request that sidewalks be put in around residential neighborhoods in Meridian.
  • by unknown Location: meridian on Jul 24, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    I thought it was a curfew in Meridian for chikdren that age. What happened to that. I say it is the parents and the drivers fault. The parents for letting their child stay out so late and the driver for not stopping.
  • by ALERT Location: MERIDIAN on Jul 24, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    I STAY ON 26TH STREET RIGHT DOWN THE STREET AND AROUND THE CORNER FROM WHERE THIS LITTLE BOY GOT HIT AND WHEN I BE RIDING THERE ARE SOME ,SOME CHILDREN JUST WANT GET OUT THE STREET AND I KNOW SOME OF THEM KNOW BETTER SOME BE WALKING AND THEY JUST WANT GET OUT THE STREET AND WE NEED TO TALK TO OUR CHILDREN, BECAUSE WHAT HAVE HAPPEN TO THAT BABY JUST PROVE THAT SOME PEOPLES JUST DON'T CARE.CONCERN NOT JUST ON THIS STREET IT EVERYWHERE YOU GO PLEASE, PLEASE,LOOK OUT THAT CHILDREN'S AND ADULT CAUSE THEY STILL HAVING FOUND THE PERSON THAT RAN OVER MAN WHEN HE WAS WALKING AND HE WAS NOT FROM MERIDIAN HE WAS JUST AT HIS FAMILY REUNION.SAD TO SAY
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