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5-year-old boy is killed when pinned by car

Police and witnesses say a car driven by a 14-year-old backed into a wall Wednesday after crushing a boy in the Pinellas Point Apartments. “I couldn’t help him,” resident Carlita Davis said.

LARA CERRI | Times

Police and witnesses say a car driven by a 14-year-old backed into a wall Wednesday after crushing a boy in the Pinellas Point Apartments. “I couldn’t help him,” resident Carlita Davis said.

ST. PETERSBURG — A 14-year-old girl was driving around a parking lot when she hit and killed a 5-year-old boy, crushing him against a concrete block wall at the Pinellas Point Apartments on Wednesday evening, police said.

The trouble started when the girl took the keys to a dark blue Volkswagen Cabrio to retrieve her school books, but instead took the car for a drive, according to St. Petersburg police.

Shronda Donahue, 33, the cousin of the boy's mother, said Kevon Wilson was "just a vibrant, bright little boy." He was his pregnant mother's only child, she said. He liked to ride a green bicycle around the complex.

"I saw my little cousin under the wall, and he just slumped over," she said.

Carlita Davis, 43, who lives in the apartment complex with her four sons, was sitting on her porch just after 7 p.m. when she heard the crash. She ran down to the scene and saw the car pin the boy against the wall.

Davis tried to get the girl driving the Cabrio to put it in park, but instead the girl sped in reverse, backing the car up against the building. It rested with its rear wheels suspended in a planter. She looked at the girl, who returned a blank stare, Davis said.

Davis ran to the boy, whom she knew from the apartment complex in the 2100 block of 62nd Place S. The boy liked to catch lizards and play sword fights with other children in the woods near the wall, she said. When Davis saw him, his head was injured and he was limp. She hoped he would be okay, though her heart told her he was gone.

"I couldn't help him," Davis said.

Witnesses said a passenger in the car fled and another boy was injured, but less seriously.

The taped-off crime scene was chaotic Wednesday night, filled with traffic homicide detectives, the apartment complex's private security guards and wailing relatives. Police did not release the name of the driver.

Late into the night, people argued loudly about the 14-year-old girl. Relatives of the boy said she left with her parents after police interviewed them. Relatives of the boy said whoever gave the girl the keys should face criminal charges.

"This 5-year-old baby is dead. You can't bring him back," said Kristal Green, 27, the boy's aunt.

She said she was with the boy at the hospital, his skinny body limp and tubes in his nose, when the doctor told the family he was dead.

"All we can do right now is pray," Green said. "We need prayers more than anything."

Stephanie Garry can be reached at (727) 892-2374 or
sgarry@sptimes.com.

5-year-old boy is killed when pinned by car 05/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 2:55pm]
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