The investigation continues into the death of a 10-year-old boy last night on Des Moines’ northeast side. It was about six p.m. when the boy was hit by a passing car in a residential area about a mile north of the state fairgrounds. Des Moines police sergeant Tony Steverson says the boy was crossing the street when he was hit and killed. Witnesses in the area told police of seeing one vehicle nearby as they began to realize what had happened, but it turns out to have been a Good Samaritan who came upon the child after the accident. A red Jeep seen there had stopped to help the child, but Steverson says since then police have located a white Pontiac and talked with the person they think was driving it at the time of the incident. No charges have been filed yet, though Steverson says police will sit down with the Polk County Attorney once the investigation’s complete to talk about whether to charge the driver. Some residents have complained that a street light near that corner is one of several hundred turned off by the city to save money. The victim’s been identified as Eric Nerison, a student at nearby Phillips Elementary School in Des Moines. Steverson says there’s counseling being offered for schoolmates and the boy’s family as well. There’s a report that the driver of the car that hit the boy was 18-years old and was distraught upon contacting police this morning, but they haven’t identified a suspect. The 10-year-old was reportedly on his way to church last night with his older brother.
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