Authorities in Missouri continued to look for the hit-and-run driver of a vehicle that struck a 4-year-old boy in the St. Louis area last week.
According to Crime Watch Daily, the young victim was identified by his grandmother as Tajma Johnson. He was reportedly transported to an area hospital from the scene of the collision to an area hospital where he was receiving treatment for multiple injuries.
Police responded to the scene Thursday at around 10 p.m. in response to reports of the pedestrian collision.
Reports indicate a witness, Mustafa Jameel, ran out to rescue the young boy. He later described the incident as “really upsetting” when recounting the ordeal to local reporters.
“He’s only 4 years old,” Jameel said. “He just came to this life.”
The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that the boy was crossing the street with a family member when the vehicle drove through the intersection of Halls Ferry Road and Empire Court, striking him.
“He was in the middle of the street with his blood,” Jameel, a local restaurant manager, said. “We carried him into the grass and started doing CPR on him.”
Authorities are looking for the driver of a silver truck or SUV described by witnesses as the vehicle responsible for the crash.
An employee at the adjacent restaurant said she was “not surprised” to see an injury related to a crossing at that intersection, which does not have a designated crosswalk.
“I see people crossing this street all the time,” Brittany Davis said. “That’s an everyday thing.”
[Featured image: Tajma Johnson, Crime Watch Daily]