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Police Search for Hit-and-Run Driver who Struck 6-Year-old

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A memorial grows at the site where a trick-or-treater was struck by a car. A memorial grows at the site where a trick-or-treater was struck by a car.
Photo Courtesy: Bryzal Ward's family  (Bryzal is the child on the right) Photo Courtesy: Bryzal Ward's family (Bryzal is the child on the right)
Photo Courtesy: Bryzal Ward's family Photo Courtesy: Bryzal Ward's family
Photo Courtesy: Bryzal Ward's family Photo Courtesy: Bryzal Ward's family

LAS VEGAS -- The 6-year-old trick-or-treater struck by a hit-and-run driver did nothing wrong while crossing the street, Metro Police said.

Witnesses told police a man driving as fast as 100 miles per hour hit Brazyl Ward, who is now in critical condition.

On Halloween night, hundreds of children dressed in costumes were out collecting candy in the southwest neighborhood near Panay Street and Peace Way. 

Timmothy Thompson was in his car with his kids around 7:30 p.m. He watched as a group walked from the church event across the street to the neighbor. That's when he saw a speeding car hit the 6-year-old who was walking with her family.

"I could hear the mother screaming, 'my child, my child.'"

Thompson estimates the car was going 80 to 100 miles per hour. There are no brake marks on the street because the driver never stopped. Thompson made a split decision to follow the driver and get a description for police.

"It happens so fast," Thompson said.

"She was in a little pink Power Rangers costume," neighbor Tamara Iftody said.

She remembers seeing the girl 20 minutes prior to the crash. She heard it all unfold from her bedroom which is next to where the crash happened.

"I'm sure I heard her impact with the car. It was a loud bang," Iftody said. "I didn't hear brakes."

Thompson got close enough to make out that the car was a late-model silver Volkswagen Jetta with four doors. Police say it probably has body damage. Thompson can't shake that image out of his mind.

"It's unbelievable how people could be so heartless, so thoughtless. Somebody's life on a night of fun for children," Thompson said.

A memorial is growing at the site where Ward was struck.

Police need help to find the driver and bring that person to justice. Police said the car is either a silver or white Volkswagen Jetta with possible front-end damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Accident Investigation Section at (702)828-3128. To remain anonymous, call CrimeStoppers at (702)385-5555 or go to www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

 

 

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