17-year-old comes forward in fatal hit-and-run crash

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SPANISH LAKE, Mo. — A 17-year-old boy admitted to a hit-and-run crash on Sunday night in St. Louis County that left a two-year-old boy dead and another girl injured, police announced on Tuesday.

According to St. Louis County Police, the driver said he fled the scene because he was scared and said the crash was an accident.

The two-year-old, Darrion Griffin, died in his grandmother’s arms after he was hit by a white Dodge Durango. The child’s 17-year-old aunt, Sheriea Evans, was injured while trying to pull him to safety.

“My daughter, she tried to jump in front of him,” the victim’s grandmother, Alexandria Goree said in an interview with FOX 2. “Those pains, those bruises, the broken toe, were healed, but she will forever hold Darrion in her heart.”

Goree publicly pleaded for the driver to come forward.

On Monday, police found a white Dodge Durango and began questioning someone they called a ‘person-of-interest.’ On Tuesday, police announced the teenager had admitted he was the driver.

Goree’s neighbor, Doe Miller, said speeding is a chronic problem on her street, which doesn’t have sidewalks.

“They fly up and down this street all the time,” Miller said. “We said a child is going to get killed on this street, and sure enough, that’s what happened.”

Goree said it is important for families to show children how much they are loved, because, she learned, tragedies happen.

“Hug your child, keep him close,” she said.

Story written by FOX 4 intern Caitlin Holland

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