CLEVELAND (October 25, 2013)—Israel Thornton, 5, who was walking to school before dawn Friday in Cleveland, died at a hospital after he was struck by a car whose driver did not stop.
Cleveland police say the driver left the scene of the accident, just north of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, in a vehicle believed to be a light-colored SUV or van.
Investigators think the vehicle may have damage to the grill or below.
Police say the boy was walking with an older child in an area without a crossing guard.
The boy was a student at the Village Prep charter school, which said in a statement the school’s community was shocked and saddened by the death.