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Family asking for hit-and-run driver to come forward

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman
By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald
By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald
By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald

( -- Four days after a man hit and killed a five year old boy in North St. Louis, the child's family still doesn't know if the driver will be caught.  

Elijah Taylor was crossing the street on New Ashland Place last Wednesday afternoon, when a man in a red truck hit him and took off.  Since then, people have created a growing street-side memorial for the little boy placing balloons and stuffed animals near the place where he was killed.  Sunday evening, his mother Shameka Wilson went to New Ashland Place to see it.  

Wilson said she was there to "check on my baby."  She reached past a stuffed animal, soggy after sitting out in the rain on Sunday, to get a better a look at a photo someone placed on the memorial.  It showed a five year old Elijah, in a pressed button down shirt, looking into the camera, biting his lower lip.

Wilson said her son was soft spoken and shy, but fierce in other ways.  

He only weight three pounds when he was born and spent the first several weeks of his life in a neonatal intensive care unit.  Doctors diagnosed him with hydrocephalus and he had to undergo two surgeries to have a shunt implanted in his brain.  He also suffered with severe asthma attacks, but never complained about the doctors visits or time in the hospital - his mom said.  She described Elijah as a strong baby and a survivor.

Wilson says she wants the man who ran Elijah over to turn himself in.  St. Louis Police have released a description of the driver and passed out photos of an early 90s model red F150 - similar to the one that witnesses saw last Wednesday.

The driver is a black man, who may be in his late 30s or early 40s.  He was wearing a black skull cap.  The truck is a red 1992-1995 body style Ford F150 with an extended cab.  It likely has some damage to the front end now.  

Wilson, this week, is making funeral arrangements for her young son.  A wake will be held on Friday, January 30th at 10 a.m.  The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the Lite of Jericho Baptist Church at 5429 Saint Louis Avenue.

Anyone who has information about the driver of the truck is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).  Callers can remain anonymous.

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