Mother of hit and run child pleads for driver to surrender - - Jackson, MS

Mother of hit and run child pleads for driver to surrender

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Twenty-four hours after a Jackson child is run over by a hit and run driver authorities in the metro area continue an intense search for the driver and pick up truck.

The older model Chevrolet had a Rankin County license plate. 

 The victim has been identified by police as Ray Echols, a 6th grade student at Powell Middle School. The 13 year-old was riding his bicycle with friends last night, south on Watkins Drive near Beaver Brook when he was hit. 

The accident happened just after 8:30 p.m. last night. The impact damaged the back tire and bicycle seat. His grieving mother, Elsie Echols said Friday, her child was dragged down the street by the vehicle. "I'm very angry. I'm very hurt and because he just left my baby there and didn't try to stop to get him any help or nothing just left him there and of course hurt and angry."

Echols described her son as a sweet child, who loved to play basketball and ride his bike. She is appealing to the hit and run driver turn himself in. As for the suspect, Police continue to search for a 1980's Chevrolet red S-10 pickup truck.

Police say the front of the truck is damaged. The license plate number is RD1243, and it's a Rankin County tag. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 601-355-8477.

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