TAMPA — An 11-year-old Town 'N Country boy who had been missing with his bicycle was killed by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday, police said.
Alexander H. Torres, who never returned home from Davis Elementary School on Friday, was fatally injured in a crash about 2:30 a.m. on the Hillsborough Avenue bridge over the Hillsborough River, police said. The bridge is just under 10 miles from the boy's school and home.
Alexander was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officers found his bike on the shoulder of the bridge. They don't believe he was riding it when he was hit, said Janelle McGregor, spokeswoman for Tampa police.
The car that fled is believed to be a metallic or gunmetal Nissan Altima, possibly from 2005 or 2006, police said. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from nearby businesses for signs of the car.
Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said the boy was last seen at 2:45 p.m. Friday riding his bicycle from Davis Elementary at 10907 Memorial Highway, about 2 miles from his Dalwood Court home.
Earlier in the day, he had gotten in trouble at school and was reprimanded by his mother over the phone, deputies said.
His family reported him missing that evening, prompting authorities to search the area with police dogs, helicopters and a 911 reverse call.
A man at the Torres' home Saturday said family members did not want to speak to reporters. Several neighbors said they believe the family is new to the neighborhood.
Memorial candles, flowers and messages about Alexander were brought to the bridge crash site through the day Saturday.
A teddy bear had "grandma will always love you Alex R.I.P." written on it. A row of paper cutout angels had messages like "love you little guy" and "we miss you Alex, I love you" written on them.
A page was set up on GoFundMe to help the family with funeral expenses. By Saturday evening, it had raised more than $1,000.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers, toll-free, at 1-800-873-8477.