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8-year-old released from hospital after hit-and-run in Titusville

Charges pending against driver, police say

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Titusville police said Friday that charges are pending against a driver in a hit-and-run crash in Titusville that left an 8-year-old boy injured.

Titusville fire officials said the vehicle struck the boy at Alpine Lane and Delespine Avenue around 6 p.m., Thursday, and the driver left the area.

"When you hear something like that you know exactly what it is and then I heard the kid screaming," neighbor Mike Talbert said.

Talbert says he saw the 8-year-old identified by his family as Dayshuan Hill crawling to the side of the road and bleeding from his head.

Neighbors tell News 6 they saw a white van with tinted windows drive off.

"About a minute later he came back around, parked over here, and I don't know if he wanted to find out if the kid was okay, but he took off, he left," Talbert said.

"To just drive away is insane to me. I just don't get how the world is today," neighbor Francis Thompson said.

Officials said the boy wasn't wearing a helmet and suffered an injury to the head. The child was conscious when he was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital in stable condition. Police say his injuries were non-life-threatening.

Dayshaun's mom did not want to talk to News 6 on camera, but says his grandmother followed the vehicle and a neighbor got the license plate and called 911.

Police said the possible vehicle and driver of the vehicle have been found, but no other details have been released. Officers say they are following strong leads.

Neighbors said the boy attends nearby Coquina Elementary School.

Dayshaun returned from the hospital Friday afternoon. His mother says he has a bump on his head and a few scrapes to his knees and shoulders, but is expected to be OK.

The Titusville Police Department is investigating the crash.


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