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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