Saturday 3 December 2016

'They killed my baby' - Boy (11) dies as motorists refuse to stop after hit & run

David Kearns

Published 11/03/2016 | 12:08

Maurice Richards (11) died later in hospital
Maurice Richards (11) died later in hospital

An 11-year-old boy was left to die by the roadside as motorists refused to stop after he was injured in a hit and run.

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Maurice Richards was hit by a driver, who fled the scene, metres away from his home in East St. Louis in the United States on Wednesday.

Rather than stopping to help the young child, dozens of motorists were caught weaving around his body by a nearby CCTV camera.

According to police, it was “several minutes” before a anyone traveling along the busy intersection stopped to check on the 11-year-old.

One Good Samaritan did eventually pull over to help Maurice but was too late, as he died from his injuries a short while later.

St. Louis police said the outcome might have been different had other motorists stopped earlier to help the child.

Detective Jason Hicks said: "Senseless act and well, as citizens of this city, we have to do better because no one will protect it like us.

“So if you were one of the ones that saw the young man lying in the street and went around him, you know it's not right.

“[You] could have at least called 911 and helped.”

He added: "First responders took the child to the hospital where he later died.”

A memorial has been set up at the scene where the young boy was hit, and his mother Erica Steele told the Daily News that she “couldn’t understand why no one stopped”.

“It's a main street in East St. Louis, there's lots of cars that come so I don't know why they kept driving by my baby.

A memorial has been set up at the scene where the young boy was hit Credit: Facebook
A memorial has been set up at the scene where the young boy was hit Credit: Facebook

“For other cars to keep going...Lord have mercy, there's no way, the street is so busy, in three seconds you see 10, 20 cars.

“They killed my baby.”

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