Updated:PITTSBURGH,None — A 6-year-old boy in the hospital since being hit by a car while riding his bike in Pittsburgh's Knoxville neighborhood on May 23 has died.
Tyrique Snowden Hill was taken off life support and passed away at Children's Hospital on Tuesday night.
Tyrique was struck along Bausman Street near the intersection of Georgia Avenue. His family told Channel 11 News reporter Vince Sims last week that the boy had a broken neck and was paralyzed, and they didn't expect him to recover.
"He is breathing on the machine. He is paralyzed all the way down. Basically it's only a matter of time before we take him off the oxygen machine," his great uncle, Robert Hill, said last week.
Police are not releasing the name of the driver or saying if any charges will be filed. The family has mixed feelings on what should happen to the woman.
"There are no words to describe it. She was wrong. She was wrong," said Tyrique's mother, Katherine Snowden.
"Put it in God's hands. The woman that did it, I forgive her already. Only God can punish people," Hill said.
The family created a memorial fund in Tyrique's name. Donations to the Tyrique Snowden Hill fund can be made at any PNC Bank.
"This didn't have to happen. He was my little man, I wish other people could meet him," Katherine Snowden said.
Neighbors who witnessed the accident said the boy rolled onto the hood of the car and fell into the street.
"He was just laying there on his stomach with his eyes closed," said witness Stacey Jenkins. "He moved once, and then after that, he didn't move anymore. Then, the mom kneeled down and tried to touch him."
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
Returning to the scene last week, neighbors told Sims there are problems on the street that need addressed.
"Normally, (vehicles) are zipping up and down Bausman like it's the Daytona 500," said neighbor Jeff Blackson. " It's ridiculous. I feel for that child's family."
"You see cars going 60 or 70 mph at least," said neighbor Jessica Morgart. "I think there should at least be a speed trap or a stop sign, because the only stop sign is up on Knox Avenue, and that's not slowing people down."
Sims learned there are faded white lines by a nearby bus stop for Vascar speed enforcement, but, "If somebody isn't here to check that, that's no good. It's a white line," said neighbor Millie Drudy.
Besides speeding, residents said another concern is cars parking on the sidewalk of the street. Some residents said they sometimes they have to walk in the street to get around the vehicles.
"I have to walk down this street, and I have to go in the street, around all these cars," said Drudy.
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