Boy Dies After Saving Little Sister From Hit-And-Run Driver
11-year-old La’Darious Wylie was always taught to look out for his little sister, Sha’Vonta Wylie, 7. Sadly, the brave fifth grader lost his life while doing so.
According to The Herald, the children were standing at their school’s bus stop in Chester, South Carolina on the morning of October 27 when an out-of-control vehicle swerved in their direction. La’Darious immediately pushed his sister out of harm’s way, but he was unable to get out of dodge quickly enough to save himself. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.
La’Darious died the following day at Carolinas Medical Center, and cops eventually caught up with the woman behind the wheel of the vehicle. She has been identified as 57-year-old Michelle Johnson. She was arrested and charged last week with felony hit and run resulting in death.
“I don’t hate her – I just wish she had stopped,” said La’Darious’ mother, Elizabeth McCrorey.
La’Darious’ funeral took place Thursday in Chester, where his mother and six siblings said their goodbyes.
“He knew to look out for [his sister],” said Elizabeth.
Members of the Chester community hope that city officials will help keep the tiny hero’s memory alive by naming Brooklyn Park—located steps away from the accident site—after him. According to relatives, La’Darious played at the park all of his life.
“It would be an honorable way to remember him,” said Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart.