Tanriq Cross of Orlando, Florida tragically died on Wednesday after he ran into the street and was hit by three cars, according to news reports. Tanriq, 7, was pronounced dead shortly after the accident, during which he was hit by one car and run over by two others. No criminal charges have yet been filed, but sources indicate that charges will likely emerge once the investigation into the accident wraps up or the first driver is caught.
The driver of the first vehicle that struck the boy is evidently MIA, and authorities have asked anyone with information to come forward. The drivers of the second and third vehicles to strike the child are cooperating with authorities. None of the parties involved, including the drivers and the parents of the boy, have spoken to the press about the incident.
According to news reports, Cross was running across the road in a place with no crosswalk when the accident occurred. He evidently appeared to be running away from an apartment complex nearby where he may have lived. It is not clear whether they boy had a parent or guardian with him when he ran into the street. Cross reportedly suffered from autism, a developmental disorder that affects social interaction.
Cross was attempting to cross the intersection of Silver Star Road and Orlando Drive West on Wednesday at approximately 10:15 p.m. when he was killed. The first car that struck the child apparently did not stop, and no description of it has been made available. The second and third vehicles were a 1994 Honda driven by 43-year-old Renee Lewis and a 1998 Saturn driven by 25-year-old Equanda Gandy. Both parties stopped and are cooperating with authorities. It is not clear how fast the vehicles were going when they hit Cross.
Cross was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where he was pronounced dead shortly after the accident. Authorities are apparently searching for an unidentified person who ran after the boy into the street in the hopes that they may have information that will lead to the first driver.
Florida was home to quite a few crashes this week. On Monday, four people were sent to the hospital after a bad crash in Brooksville, Florida, according to news reports. Jerald Thomas Pelczynski, Michael David Koester, Steven Allen Mitchell, and Donna Mitchell were all placed in nearby hospitals for treatment for serious injuries following the three-car collision. Pelczynski has been cited for driving in the wrong lane and it remains to be seen whether he will be facing legal action from any of the parties injured in the accident.
According to news reports, the crash occurred on Citrus Way in Brooksville on Monday. Pelczynski, 50, was driving a 1995 Dodge Ram with passenger Koester, 44, beside him when he accidently veered onto the opposite side of the road. The Ram ran head-on into a 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by Steven Mitchell, 56, and carrying passenger Donna Mitchell, 52. The vehicle that had been following the Ram, a 2003 Chevy Silverado driven by 58-year-old Willaim Edward Robinson, broadsided the Ram when it suddenly stopped.