Family pleads for driver to come forward after boy killed in hit-and-run

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

WFAA

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 26 at 1:16 AM

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas —- One after another, people stopped to drop off flowers and teddy bears at the intersection where six-year-old John Raidy was hit.

His grandmother made a tearful plea.

"Someone knows something, and I hope they come forward so this does not happen to another family," Anita Eads said.

John Raidy was crossing North Carrier Parkway at Holiday Hills Drive around 7:30 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. The accident scene was adjacent to Crosswinds High School, just south of Interstate-30 on Carrier Parkway.

Authorities released surveillance video Friday of the vehicle they say hit the little boy. It's a black- or dark-colored, four-door hatchback with likely front-end damage.

Police said the driver ran a red light that had been red for 14 seconds.

John was walking in front of his mother, who was pushing a stroller with his two-year-old sister inside.

"The child was launched onto the hood of the vehicle and carried almost 300 feet down the street," said Sgt. Eric Hansen with Grand Prairie police.

Police say the driver stopped, knocking the child off the hood and onto the ground, and then took off.

"[The family] had the right of way," Eads said. "The light was red and they were crossing as they'd done many times before. But they didn't make it -- it's just horrible."

John Raidy was pronounced dead at Arlington Memorial Hospital.

The family describes the boy as a fun-loving child who played football for the Trojans and was in the first grade talented and gifted class.

"He was a beautiful, beautiful gift from God," Eads said. "So loving. So loving."

The family is gathering up reward money, hoping someone has information about the vehicle and the driver and will come forward.

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