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Neighbor gives account of hit-and-run which killed 5-year-old boy

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Police believe  5-year-old Elijah Taylor was hit by a red Ford F-150 similar to the one pictured By KMOV.com Staff Police believe 5-year-old Elijah Taylor was hit by a red Ford F-150 similar to the one pictured By KMOV.com Staff
Police believe  5-year-old Elijah Taylor was hit by a red Ford F-150 similar to the one pictured By KMOV.com Staff Police believe 5-year-old Elijah Taylor was hit by a red Ford F-150 similar to the one pictured By KMOV.com Staff

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A 5-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle in north St. Louis Wednesday afternoon, police said.

According to authorities, Elijah Taylor was hit by a red Ford F-150 around 3:45 p.m. in 3100 block of New Ashland Place near Labadie. Police said Taylor was crossing the street to get into the car of a family friend and was wearing his school uniform when the incident occurred.  

Police say the suspect vehicle is known throughout the area.

“I’m like here comes the same truck which comes through here every evening flying, I thought nothing of it because they had went in the house,” eyewitness Khalil Hollins told News 4.

Hollins was doing some mechanic work when he looked up and saw the accident.  He described, “He went past me and I looked back up heard a “boom” once he went to the school bus and I just see the baby come flying from up under the truck. He rolled over him and kept going.”

Police do not believe the driver who hit him slowed down.

The driver fled the scene of the accident.

"I rode till four o'clock last night riding and looking for him," said Hollins. "Got up this morning and went back riding and looking."

A friend of Hollins told him he has worked on the truck at the Autozone on Natural Bridge Road and described the alleged owner of the truck as a "brown skinned African-American man with two plait braids going to the sides of his head."

Elijah Taylor was a kindergartener at Ashland Elementary, which is a small, close-knit school.

"We have our crisis team in the building and in fact they went to every class to see if the students or the staff, to see if there was anything they needed to talk about or assist them with," said Patrick Wallace, a spokesperson for St. Louis Public Schools.

On Friday, police reased photos of a similar-looking vehicle to the one that hit Taylor. The truck is believed to be a red 1992-1995 Ford F-150 with an extended cab.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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