WASHINGTON - A 6-year-old boy was killed after being struck by a car in Southeast D.C., police say.
Officers say the child, identified as Xavier Luckey, was attempting to cross the street in the 4300 block of Livingston Road at around 8:30 p.m. when he was hit. Investigators say the vehicle was traveling northbound and struck the boy in the roadway. Officers also say no crosswalk present.
Luckey was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died. The driver left the scene of the accident but witnesses were able to describe the vehicle to police. A few minutes after the collision, the driver contacted police himself and was eventually interviewed by investigators.
Early Thursday morning, the driver turned himself in to authorities in Prince George's County. No arrests have been made and police have not said if the driver will be charged.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said on Twitter, "It's unclear exactly the circumstances surrounding the accident, but I can tell you right now that we have tragically lost one of our kids.”
Police continue to the investigate the accident.
Chief Newsham gives update on hit and run investigation in the 5300 blk Livingston Road, Southeast https://t.co/wYBeHkYOJ9— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) May 18, 2017
Luckey was a kindergarten student at Hendley Elementary School. D.C. State Board of Education member Markus Bathelor confirmed Luckey tragically died on his birthday.
Principal Sundai Riggins sent home a letter to parents regarding Luckey's death.
Dear Hendley ES Parent(s)/Guardian(s)/Families:
All of us at Hendley Elementary School were deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students, Xavier Luckey, a kindergartener who died from injuries of a car accident. We the faculty, students, and staff of Hendley wish to extend our deepest sympathy and heart-felt condolences to the families, relatives, many friends and classmates. Xavier was a sensitive boy who had many friends at school. His teachers appreciated the effort he placed upon his schoolwork and his cooperative nature in working with others.
In order to assist our students and staff cope with the great sadness and shock of this tragedy, I requested and obtained needed support and resources of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Today the Crisis Team members from various offices and school locations have assisted us in dealing with our children and staff. We will continue to have resources available to help us through this most difficult time. If you or any family members are upset and need assistance, please call me or our Social Workers, Patty Ansani and Lori Craig at 202-645-3450. If you notice a sudden change in your child's behavior and/or health that is unexplainable to you, please contact us. We will continue to respond to any child who is upset or has problems dealing with this tragedy.
Our school is an important part of this community and we jointly share in the responsibility of the development of our greatest resource -- our children. We thank you for your continued support during this difficult time for Xavier’s family and our school community.