HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida community mourns the loss of a 5-year-old boy after, police said, he was struck in Homestead by a driver who fled the scene.
7News cameras captured a balloon release during a memorial held for the victim on Sunday.
The child’s family identified him as R.J.
Homestead Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near Southwest 14th Avenue and Sixth Street, just after 8:30 p.m., Saturday.
Paramedics transported R.J. in extremely critical condition to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police provided video showing a white Chevy pickup truck towing a U-Haul double axle trailer.
However, investigators said, the driver of the truck is only considered a person of interest at this time.
Police urge South Dade residents to contact them if they have seen the vehicle or have any information about the incident.
R.J.’s mother has set up a GoFundMe page to help with burial costs. If you would like to make a donation, click here.
If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Homestead Police at 305-247-1535 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.
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