Police find truck possibly involved in fatal hit-and-run

2014-04-14T20:08:00Z 2014-04-14T23:52:06Z Police find truck possibly involved in fatal hit-and-runTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 14, 2014 8:08 pm  • 

GARY | Officers located a truck that could be the one involved in a weekend hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old boy and injured another boy, police said. 

Gary police Cpl. Gabrielle King said the driver had not been identified as of Monday night. King would not say where the truck was found or why police believe it was the one involved in the crash. 

Malik Herron, 13, of Gary, and another boy were walking about 8 p.m. in the 4900 block of Vermont Street in Gary when they were hit by a dark-colored vehicle that had left the road, Gary police said. The other boy was able to go home and tell his parents about the crash. 

Herron died from blunt force trauma Saturday night at Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

The boy's mother, Monique Herron, spoke to NBC Chicago and said her son and his friend were on their way to the gas station when the crash happened. 

"How can a person be so cruel to do that," Herron said to NBC Chicago. "Full force do that and don't even check to see if he's alive."

Herron said told the television station that she had recently moved her family to Gary to escape Chicago's street violence. 

"I got to get my son out of Chicago," she said. "He's not going to make it to 16, and he didn't even make it to 14."

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Gary police Sgt. Dawn Westerfield at (219) 881-7485.

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