MIRAMAR (CBS4) – Miramar Police are searching for a hit and run driver who killed a 6-year-old boy Wednesday night outside a McDonald’s restaurant.
Police say the driver of the newer model, white Dodge Charger hit De’Andre Binns, forcing the boy onto the hood of the car then ran over the child when he rolled off the vehicle. Police say the driver did not stop to help.
The boys’ parents made a plea to the community for anyone with information to please share it with investigators.
“I can’t believe people could be so heartless, cruel and have no consideration for a young child,” Jermaine Binns told CBS 4 News’ Peter D’oench.
The boys’ mother, Monique Batchelor, could barely speak through her tears.
“Please please come forward,” she said. “It’s really, really, really heartbreaking.”
Throughout the evening Thursday family and friends as well as strangers left items at a small memorial for the boy set up outside the McDonald’s in the 6200 block of Miramar Parkway.
His mother said that her son was a bright child who loved to read and learn numbers.
“De’andre meant the world to me,” his mother said. “He was going to be the shining star.”
His father said his son was always happy.
“You know Christmas?” Jermaine asked. “Everybody get excited on Christmas. He was like Christmas. He walk into a room it was like plugging in a Christmas tree — light up a room.”
Police say De’Andre was with his mother and his mother’s boyfriend at the McDonald’s. Police tell us the mother’s boyfriend was crossing Miramar Parkway while holding one child. Investigators say that’s when Deandre ran into the street to follow him.
Family members cannot understand how the driver didn’t stop to help D’Andre.
“Heartless, heartless,” said one of De’Andre’s aunts. “I don’t think he’s a human being.”
The owner of a gas station across the street showed us some grainy and dark surveillance video that he said showed the car that hit De’Andrea.
Miramar Police tell CBS 4 News that they are searching for surveillance video that lead them to the driver and D’Andre’s parents hope that person is brought to justice.
If you have any information to help investigators, call Crimestoppers at 954 493 TIPS.