An 11-year-old boy from Chester, South Carolina, was struck and killed in a hit-and-run on a morning in late October while waiting for the school bus.
La'Darious Wylie and his younger sister were standing on the sidewalk on a corner waiting for a school bus on the morning of Oct. 27, The Herald reports. It was at about 7:30 a.m. when La'Darious was hit by a vehicle. A witness later told the Chester Police Department that the vehicle continued down the road and fled after hitting La'Darious.
Elizabeth McCrorey, mother of La'Darious, and his 7-year-old sister, Sha'Vonta, said La'Darious had pushed Sha'Vonta out of the path of the vehicle and saved her, the Charlotte Observer reported on Nov. 4.
“He knew to look out for her,” McCrorey told the paper.
La'Darious died on Oct. 28 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. His mother decided to donate his heart and lungs.
Tammy Graham, principal of the Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology where La'Darious attended school, described the boy as kind and quiet. She also said he was always eager to learn and had an “infectious smile.”
Michelle Johnson, 57, was charged with the hit-and-run on Oct. 29, according to The Herald. She reportedly did not stop to aid La'Darious, nor did she call authorities afterward.
Johnson turned herself in to police on Oct. 29. She was released from jail on Oct. 30 after posting a $25,000 bail, and she faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of hitting and killing La'Darious.
Authorities say the boy's head was so damaged by the collision that it left Johnson's 2003 Nissan with “severe damage."
McCrorey told the Charlotte Observer that she ultimately does not feel resentment at Johnson over her son's death.
“I don’t hate her — I just wish she had stopped,” she said.