Neighbors react after 7-year-old boy hit and killed in his own yard


Reaction poured in after a 7-year-old was hit by an SUV and killed.

He was playing in his own yard at the time.

It happened Friday on West 6th Street in Mishawaka.

Police say a 22-year-old woman was pulling in to park when the young boy was hit.

A seemingly normal Friday evening turned tragic.

A 7-year-old boy is dead after being hit by a car around 5:30 p.m. Friday in Mishawaka.

Police say he and his sister were playing in their backyard when a young woman hit the boy with her SUV.

The scene quickly drew a crowd, including neighbor Shawnda Browning.

“I was on my way home from the park and I saw the crime scene and everything, I was kind of curious on what happened,” said Browning.

After learning the news, Browning says she was devastated.

She herself is a mother of two young kids.

Her son is one year older than the boy that was killed.

Although police haven't released his name, she says her son may know him.

“I have an 8-year-old that goes to La Salle and he thinks he might know this little boy and he was upset when he heard what happened and he's just upset because he thinks this kid might be his friend,” said Browning.

A local business owner in the area said she could not comprehend what had happened.

“We first heard about it when he was first taken to the hospital, I thought maybe this sounds like just a minor thing and maybe he will survive. And we are just so sad to hear that he had died,” said Dianna Quandt, local business owner.

Neighbors say, it's normally a pretty quiet area but say cars are always speeding down the streets, especially in the alleyways.

“Sometimes people do get a little bit daring through these alleyways. Please know there are people's children. There are people's pets running around back there,” said Christopher Woodburn, neighbor.

While this seems to be a horrible accident, everyone agrees it's unimaginable.

“I cannot believe, it's just hard to imagine what they're going through right now,” said Quandt.

WSBT 22 reached out to FACT, the agency investigating this case.

At this point, we are working to learn if there is any relationship between the boy and the driver and if the driver will be facing any charges.

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