Cops in East St. Louis want to speak to several callous drivers: The one who fatally injured 11-year-old Maurice A. Richards on Wednesday night, and the ones who drove around the dying boy afterward. Police say the boy was hit around a block away from his home in the Illinois city at around 6:30pm. After several drivers maneuvered around him as he lay in the street, one motorist stopped, blocked the road with his vehicle, and called 911, CBS reports. Maurice, remembered by his family as a happy boy who loved to play and ride his bike, was taken to the hospital, where he died around an hour later, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His family says he was hit while simply trying to cross the street.
Maurice's grandmother, Denise Richards, tells the Post-Dispatch that it's not clear how long the boy was lying in the road for, though witnesses said his clothes were drenched from rain. "As citizens of this city, we have to do better because no one will protect it like us. So if you were one of the ones that saw the young man lying in the street and went around him, you know it's not right," said Detective Jason Hicks from the East St. Louis Police Department, per KMOV. He said police do not have any suspects or even a description of the vehicle and called for people with any information to come forward, saying "citizens need to come together and try to get who did this and get justice for that young man." (Read more hit and run stories.)