NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -- The daycare center near where a 4-year-old that was hit by a car and killed Friday will be paying for his funeral, the daycare's director announced.

Just before 9:30 p.m., police said a mother was pushing a stroller with her 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter inside near the area of Chambers Road and Clairmont Drive when they were struck by a 2016 black Nissan Altima.

Police arrested and charged Demetrius Cole, 27, with second-degree murder and one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in the death of the 4-year-old. 

Demetrius Cole mugshot

Demetrius Cole, 27, was charged with second-degree murder and one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in the death of a 4-year-old. 

"It just took my breath away," Jackie Lindsay said, who witnessed the incident. "It killed me. It killed me."

Lindsay said the mother just picked up her kids, later identified as 4-year-old Tavaras Chisolm Jr. and 2-year-old Tyonna Chisolm, from the Rising Star day care center. She said the mother picks her kids up at night after getting off work. Lindsay is the director at Rising Star.

Lindsay says the two children were about to finish their first week at the daycare center.

There are no street lights and at that time, it's pitch black. 

Tavaras and Tyonna Chisolm

"It's so dark. The only light was the light that was coming up off the building," Lindsay said. "There needs to be some street lights here."

Police said surveillance video revealed Cole was driving westbound on Chamber at a high rate of speed without headlights. Police said Cole didn't stop or brake when he struck the stroller.

The speed limit in the area is 35 MPH. 

"I don't think he saw her standing there, but he didn't have his lights on at the time and he was doing about 50 to 60," Lindsay said.

Police said both children were taken to the hospital but Tavaras died shortly after arriving. Family members said Tyonna suffered leg fractures.

Cole told police his license was recently revoked. Police said he had a pending DWI case and is on federal parole for a weapons violation.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Tavaras' funeral expenses. Lindsay said the daycare will be paying for the funeral.

"We offered to pay for the funeral, so Rising Star will be paying for the funeral," Lindsay said.

A wake for Tavaras will take place from 9-11 a.m. Oct. 14 with a funeral to follow at 11 a.m. at Faith Holiness Apostolic Church in East St. Louis.

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