The family of a 16-year-old who was hit and killed while trying to cross a busy Dallas highway last week is asking the driver who struck him to come forward.
De'Ray Dawkins was barely old enough to drive and already making plans for college. But now, his parents are planning his funeral.
"You have taken a child's life," said Sha-Konda Avery, his mother. "It was not a dog that you hit in the road. It was my son."
Dawkins and two of his friends didn't take an overpass that safely crosses Interstate 45 while coming home Friday evening.
Avery said her son and the neighborhood boys sometimes did that because it was faster than crossing on the overpass.
Witnesses said Dawkins slipped in the road and was hit by at least two cars. Only one car stopped to render aid.
"We know where he is," Avery said. "He's sitting up there on his throne, right next to our heavenly father, my mom, his uncle."
Dawkins leaves behind two younger brothers, including 12-year-old RayVon, who said he can't believe what happened.
"He protected me when I was little," he said. "He fought with me. He was a true brother to me."
The family wants anyone with information on the type of car that hit and killed Dawkins to call the Dallas police at 214-744-4444.