WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke to neighbors about the accident.
“It hurts when a child has been struck down by a car,” neighbor Joyce Frey said.
Joyce Frey was filled with emotion as she began a memorial for Shaud Wilson.
The 6-year old was struck and killed by a car Monday morning on his way to school.
“It could have been one of ours we live down here,” Elridge Frey said.
The accident happened around 7-am, at the intersection of Paris Avenue and Lafreniere Street.
Cameras mounted outside Lucy’s Market captured it on video.
WGNO News did not show the point of impact, but the video shows what appears to be the victims darting into oncoming traffic.
After the accident the victim’s 9-year old sister is seen getting up and walking way.
Another section of the video shows frantic neighbors chasing after the hit and run driver.
“He should have stopped,” Elridge Frey said.
“You have to stop and deal with whatever event that has happened, man, woman, and child,” neighbor Elloit Julin said. “You gotta be man enough to get out your car and deal with whatever happened and explain your side of the story.”
Neighbors say during early morning hours when school kids are walking, Paris Avenue is an accident waiting to happen because of so many speeding drivers.
“Slow down, drive slowly because there are kids that go to school and stuff and I just want them to be safe,” Joyce Frey said.
“This is a residential area,” Elridge Frey said. “This is not a speedway or interstate.”
Five hours after the accident, police located the dark gray Honda they’d been looking for. It was about a quarter-mile away on Charlton Drive.
They arrested 22-year old Arthur Toledano and booked him with manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, hit-and-run, and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.
Meantime, back near the scene concerned neighbors were thinking about the victim and his family.
“It hurts; his little life was cut short,” Joyce Frey said. “I’m going to keep lifting up the prayers and y’all be strong you know.”