Cleveland police: Driver flees after crashing into 9-year-old who later died

Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 10:11 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland police said investigators are searching for a driver who fled after hitting a child in the city’s Central neighborhood.

The 9-year-old boy, according to police, later died at MetroHealth.

The boys mother Nicole Hunter, identified the victim as her son, Jaymere Grady.

Cleveland police said the crash occurred around 8:50 p.m. Sunday in the 4100 block of Bohn Road.

Hunter said Jaymere and his siblings and some neighbor kids were outside playing when her daughter ran inside and told her that Jaymere had been hit by a car.

“My son was laying in a pool of blood, somebody had hit him and sped off and just left my baby out there to die,” she said, “Who does that, who does that to a baby.”

The dark colored SUV pictured below struck Grady after he ran into the roadway from between two parked vehicles, according to police.

Cleveland police: Driver flees after crashing into 9-year-old who later died
Cleveland police: Driver flees after crashing into 9-year-old who later died(Source: CMHA police via Cleveland police)

Jaymere, Hunter said, was a twin, one of her 4 children.

“He was very intelligent, handsome, had a smile that would light up a room and now he’s gone and never get to see and hold my baby again,” she said.

Anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle is asked to call Cleveland police at 216-621-1234.

“Please give all the information you can so we can catch the person that did this and broke my family,” Hunter said.

You can also call CrimeStoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

Grady’s death marks the second fatal hit-skip in Cleveland in just two days.

Cleveland police said 5-year-old Apolina Asumani died Saturday evening after being hit by a driver who left the scene in the city’s Stockyards neighborhood.

The driver in that incident, identified as a 17-year-old girl, was arrested and taken into custody, according to police.

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