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Friends help family of boy killed in Tulsa hit-and-run crash

Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 19:31:29-04

TULSA - Shock and sadness after a 5-year-old boy on a scooter is hit and killed near the Gathering Place.

The driver has now been released on a $10,000 bond, accused of taking off after hitting the child and his mother.

Chuck Brown found out late Tuesday night that his employee of five years, Evelyn Ortiz, and her son were involved in a collision.

Five-year-old Caiden did not survive.

"It's devastating, and I can only imagine what she's going through," Brown said.

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Police said the boy and his mother were on a rented scooter going the wrong way on Riverside Drive when they were hit by a car.

"It appears the mother saw the vehicle and attempted to avoid the collision but was unable to keep her child from being struck," Officer Jeannie Pierce said,.

Pierce said the driver left before police got there.

Officers later tracked down the car, but they couldn't find the owner, Renier Davison. Davison turned himself Wednesday morning and was booked into jail.

"Believe that he probably deep down knew he did something wrong and that's why he turned himself in," Pierce said.

Brown said the news has been difficult on his employees, who are like family.

"Everybody is just trying to go through the motions and get through the day," said Brown.

He said Evelyn is not only a hard worker but a wonderful mom, now going through unimaginable pain.

"She works her guts out but when it's time to go get her son, she's always there," Brown said. "He's just a very happy kid. You know, and he's bigger than his age and he and his mom, they just love each other."

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