SACRAMENTO, CA - Family and friends held a vigil Thursday night for a boy who was struck and killed by a car in front of his Sacramento apartment building.
The child, Tayvon Webb, 7, was hit around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in front of the Parkview Village Apartments at 2581 Howe Ave., according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP Officer Lizz Dutton said the boy was transported to UC Davis Medical Center with major head injuries, but did not survive.
Dutton said Webb and several young children were walking northbound on the east shoulder of Howe, just north of Burney Avenue, after leaving school. Two of the boys started to cross the street, not in a crosswalk.
The first boy made it across, but Webb hesitated. That's when he was hit by a silver 2002 BMW, driven by a 37-year-old Sacramento woman, in the left lane of northbound Howe.
According to Dutton, the driver was traveling about 40 miles per hour and didn't appear to brake.
Webb attended nearby Howe Avenue Elementary School, school officials said.
"I would like to see them do something about this crosswalk," Webb's grandmother Renee Sparks Randle said. "There are so many children. Not only Tayvon will be hit and killed, but there's going to be other children who'll be hit and killed."
Webb's mother Mieasha Dixon moved into Parkview Village Apartments nine months ago. She said she always felt the area was haunted.
"Having a major street like this, across the street from a park, having kids that go to the elementary school that walk home," Dixon said. "This is just a lot to bear."