ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A heartbreaking scene occurred Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis city. Police are looking for the driver of the vehicle that struck and killed a five-year-old boy. The mother and grandmother of little Elijah Taylor were so overcome by their grief, they were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Louis Macklin was on New Ashland Place where the accident took place. He said the driver "ran the baby over and kept going.”
Elijah Taylor was with his mother’s boyfriend who was visiting family. People thought Elijah was in the home using the restroom but he had gone back outside and walked into the street, a pickup truck was speeding towards him. No one realized tragedy was seconds away.
Khalil Hollands saw the driver "flying down the street. As he continued working on a car, he heard a loud noise. When he turned around he saw something fly from up under the driver's back bumper and "he rolled over him.”
Police believe the driver lives in the area. Witnesses told officers they’ve seen the truck ride down the street many times before. Lt. Paul Lauer is leading up the police investigation. "It’s clear that the driver would have known that something happened and he needed to stop," said Lt. Lauer.
Louis Macklin added, “He deserves to go to jail. That’s terrible.”
Khalil Hollands tried jump in his truck to catch the driver but he wasn't able to.
There were tears in the eyes of officers at the scene. “There were several officers visibly upset," said Lt. Lauer. "We all have families a lot of us have young children, anytime you see something like that happen to somebody that young it’s bad for the officers who first show up on the scene.”
Hollands believes the suspect should turn himself in immediately.
The truck that hit the little boy is described as a bright red Ford F-150 pickup the description of the driver is limited, a black man about 40-years-old, wearing a black skull cap.
In the meantime, Second New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is raising money to help the family cover funeral expenses. Donations can sent or left with the church, located at 4216 W. Lexington.
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