CLEVELAND -- Police say a 5-year-old boy was struck and killed Friday morning in a hit-and-run crash.
It happened at 7:22 a.m. on Denison Avenue at W. 37th Street.
The driver did not stop and continued eastbound on Denison.
Police are looking for a white or light colored mini-van or SUV or Caravan that has damage to the front of the vehicle on the grill or below. The license plate is unknown.
Police say the boy was walking to the bus stop with an older cousin when he was struck crossing Denison north to south.
The boy was taken to MetroHealth Medical Centerwhere he was pronounced dead.
Just after 1:30 p.m., the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identifed the boy as Israel T. Thornton, of Cleveland.
Cleveland Public Schools spokesperson Roseann Canfora says the victim was a student at Village Prep School.
The school released the following statement:
"We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our five-year old students at Village Prep Cliffs Campus, a Breakthrough School. The kindergartener was the victim of tragic accident in his neighborhood, early this morning.
The teachers and staff at Village Prep and across the Breakthrough Schools network extend our deepest sorrow and sympathy to the child's family, as well as to his fellow students and teachers. We are providing support to them and our larger school community as we cope with this tragic loss."
It's reported that other students, who were waiting at a bus stop, witnessed the crash.
Counselors and support staff will be available for students and staff.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the hit skip vehicle or the driver of the vehicle, or anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Second District at 216-623-5200 or the Hit Skip Unit at 216-623-5191.
Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).
Friday also happens to mark "Molly Day," which is the day Senator George Voinovich's daughter, Molly, was struck and killed on her way to school years ago.