John Paul Raidy’s parents, neighbors and friends are still in shock after a hit and run driver killed the six-year old boy.
Memorial Grows For Young Hit & Run Victim
Traffic Cameras capture video of car suspected in killing John Paul Raidy
Memorial growing for 6-year-old John Paul Raidy, who was hit by a car and killed in Grand Prairie. Neighbors are also remembering the victim. (Published Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013)
Ten-year olds Melanie and Vanessa will not have their best friend to play with anymore.
"I can’t imagine that we were playing with him and he just died. I can't believe a good friend died in the middle of a good day," they said.
The two girls rode scooters and joked around with Raidy.
At around 7:30 Thursday night, Raidy, his mother and one-year old sister, Lily were walking home, when police say a car ran the red light at North Carrier Parkway and Holiday Hills.
The car hit Raidy and carried him on the hood for nearly an entire block.
Next-door neighbor, Glenn Grubbs saw first responders take him to the hospital, where Raidy died.
"When I looked over they were picking him and putting him on the back board," Grubbs said. "When I saw his long blond hair, I knew it was John."
On Saturday, a memorial grew near the crash scene for Raidy, who would have turned 7-years old next month.
His mother, Lauren, made an emotional plea Friday to find the car's driver.
"He loved school, he loved all his friends and you took him from us," his mother said.
Using traffic cameras within the vicinity where the crash happened, police describe the car that hit
Raidy as a black or a very dark colored 4-door hatch-back.
If you do recognize the vehicle or know anything about the driver, please call police.