5-year-old boy is fatally struck by car as driver flees police
A five-year-old boy was fatally struck by an SUV over the weekend as its 20-year-old driver fled from police, according to authorities.
Jayden Readon was on the sidewalk in Boynton Beach, Florida with his great-grandparents and 10-year-old brother on Saturday when he was hit by the out-of-control SUV, authorities said.
Jayden, who lived just yards from where he was struck, was walking to the park at the time. He was rushed to hospital but later died.
Police had tried to pull over the driver, Lex Eugene, for reckless driving but he would not stop, according to CBS affiliate WPEC.
Eugene tried to turn onto a street when he lost control of the 2008 Buick and knocked the little boy down, according to authorities. He allegedly tried to run but police caught up with him and he was arrested.
He has been charged with vehicular homicide, as well as possession of heroin, driving without a license and trying to leave the scene of the crash, according to WPEC.
On Monday, Jayden's relatives headed to court for Eugene's first appearance on Monday. Eugene was denied bail.
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The 20-year-old was released from prison in December after serving five months on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a controlled substance, prison records show. He was on probation at the time of Saturday's crash.
Jayden's heartbroken great-grandmother, Lucille Graham, said the family now wants Eugene to stay behind bars.
"None of us are doing OK," she told the Palm Beach Post. "To lose a child is terrible. That's a pain that will never go away."