MILWAUKIE, OR (KPTV) – Police are asking for help in their search for a driver who struck and killed a 2-year-old boy in Milwaukie Thursday afternoon.
At around 12:06 p.m., officers responded to a hit-and-run in the 9500 block of Southeast Wichita Avenue. Police said a 2-year-old boy was struck and has died.
Police are working to track down the suspect, and there’s little information to go on.
Instead, officers say they’re hoping someone out there will come forward with information or video that will help them catch the driver who they say sped off without stopping.
“Innocent child lost their lives and they were too much of a coward to stop,” said neighbor Andre Harris.
Harris says he’s seen the little boy and other children playing in front of their grandparents’ home. He doesn’t know the family well, but he’s heartbroken.
“I feel bad for the parents. I’ll be praying for the family because I know it’s devastating to lose a kid because my wife lost her son,” he said.
Harris wonders if the boy’s death could be a devastating consequence to a frustrating problem. He says drivers use the neighborhood street as a shortcut to get to other main roads.
“We have kids running down the street all the time, riding bikes and people fly through here periodically all the time – I was just praying it would never happen and today it did,” he said.
For parents and grandparents here, it’s the worst reminder of life’s fragility. A new sign that reads “Slow down, kids at play” was put up Thursday evening, and there’s some hope drivers will be more cautious.
“I just pray they find whoever did it and they can get some kind of answers as to why this happened,” Harris said.
Investigators at first identified a white two-door pickup as a vehicle of interest, but later said they no longer believed a white truck was involved.
Anyone with information is asked to call 503-786-7500.
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