CLEVELAND -- Police still need your help finding the driver who struck and killed a five year old boy Friday morning.
It happened at the intersection of West 37th Street and Denison Avenue.Police closed off the area afterIsrael Thornton, 5, tried to cross Denison on his way to the bus.
The driver who hit him didn't stop. Police are now looking at surveillance cameras to find the driver of a light-colored SUV or Dodge Caravan.
"It's sad, sad for the family, it's sad because so many kids are walking up and down the street and that's a young life we lost," said Gloria Nieves.
Nieves' beauty shop is just down the street. Construction has changed the traffic patterns on Denison, confusing many drivers. Plus, neighbors say the speed limit is too high.
"It's packed, it's crazy, people need to slow down, the speed limit is too high, it needs to be lowered, needs to have cross walks," said John Pawul.
For 27 years, Pawul has watched drivers fly through the intersection. Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins agrees that something needs to be done. He's pushing for a crosswalk and a traffic study to get the speed reduced to 25 mph, even though the current speed of 35 mph is within the state code.
"Counter to the Ohio Revised Code, we think we can prove through traffic incidents that we need it here," said Cummins.
It won't bring back five year old Israel Thornton, but neighbors hope the proposed changes will slow down drivers and keep kids safe on their way to school.
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).