Darla Mitchell still can't believe her little brother Malik is gone and that the man responsible isn't behind bars
NORTH OLMSTED -- It was a hit-and-run crash that killed a 15-year-old boy in North Olmsted last year, and now the driver involved will not face any criminal charges.
Channel 3 News sat down with Malik Adams' family, and they are distraught to say the least.
"I still can't believe it," Darla Mitchell, Malik's older sister, said.
She still can't believe her little brother Malik is gone and that the man responsible isn't behind bars.
"We really need justice for my brother. I mean, it's not fair at all," Mitchell said. "They're treating him like he's nothing."
But he wasn't nothing. Malik was a 15-year-old North Olmsted High School student, hit and killed by a car the night of May 2, 2013. The driver turned himself in a few days after the incident, but Malik's family says that's not enough.
"How could you not get charged for that? How could you live like that, knowing that you didn't even stop to try to help or see if he was breathing?" Mitchell said.
The driver told investigators he thought he hit a deer, and police say he's always been remorseful. The case was sent to a Cuyahoga County grand jury for review, and the jurors declined to hand up indictments.
"I just feel like they're trying to protect him," Mitchell said.
Now the family is trying to protect the memory of Malik and find closure.
"He was so young and had his whole life ahead of him," Mitchell said. "I just thought we were going to grow old together and be there for my mom and everything and that he was going to be there for my sons. It's a lot of hurt. We just want answers to why, why he's not getting the justice that he deserves."
A memorial justice rally is planned at the sight of accident on Brookpark Road for May 3.
Channel 3 News tried reaching out to the North Olmsted law director but didn't hear back.