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Mother Of Slain 5-Year-Old Calls For Speed Bumps Near Crash Site

By Susy Solis, CBS 11 News
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Khyla Hayes, who was killed by a hit and run driver on March 4, 2012. (Credit: Hayes family)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The mother of a 5-year-old girl killed in a hit and run accident Sunday is calling for speed bumps on the street where her daughter was killed.

Keshia Williams believes her daughter Khyla Hayes’s life may have been saved had there been speed bumps or some other sort of deterrent along Southcrest Court.

A makeshift memorial of flowers, teddy bears, balloons and signs saying goodbye to “Moomoo,” Khyla’s nickname, mark the crash site.

Kathy Bolf, captain of the Neighborhood Crime Watch, said she has asked the city for speed bumps in the area for years to prevent a tragedy like Sunday’s.

“They wouldn’t do anything. They said they don’t do that anymore,” Bolf said.

The city of Fort Worth eliminated their speed bump program years ago due to budget constraints.

But residents like Williams say something needs to be done.

“You’ve got commercial trucks coming through here,” Williams said. “We need speed bumps, a walkway, a stop sign, a yield sign, something.”

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A makeshift memorial for Khyla Hayes, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on March 4, 2012. (Credit: Chuck Schechner/KRLD)

The vehicle also hit Lamarion Perry, 6. He was transported to Cook Children’s and survived the incident.

“He got 15 staples and 20 stitches in the back of his head,” said his mother Shamika Colbert. “There’s a school right across the street and people just come through here speeding. It’s ridiculous.”

Police say Daniel McDonald, 21, was behind the wheel of a red Chevrolet SUV when he hit the three children.

The name and age of the third victim in still unknown. McDonald told police he knew the children were injured but didn’t know how badly before he sped away to a nearby apartment complex, abandoning the vehicle and running off.

Angry neighbors who witnessed the incident detained the suspects until police got there, according to police.

Police performed a field sobriety test on McDonald and he was found not to be intoxicated, according to a police report.

McDonald was arrested and charged with two counts of Accident Personal Injury or Death.

Williams is hoping the city will reconsider the speed bump program or at least try to make the street safe with more signage.

“It would make me feel a whole lot better if the city came out here and put up a memorial sign and some speed bumps for my baby,” said Williams.

A city spokesman said residents can call the transportation department to request a stop sign. City engineers will do a study and later determine if a stop sign would be suitable for the area.

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One Comment

  1. Kae says:

    My heart is broken hearing of the death of this sweet child.! But I am also very angered hearing this story. I am wondering WHY IN THE WORLD, A 5 AND 6 YEAR OLD ARE ALLOWED TO CROSS THE STREET BY THEMSELVES! Especially a street that is so busy! Is no one questioning the parents???? I am so sorry the the pain the parents must feel… But WAKE UP!!!!

    1. Young Jeezy says:

      Its not even a street its a court that is mostly parking spaces and is only a couple of hundred feet long. The end of the court even ends in a small parking lot. There is no need for speed bumps and or stop signs or any other signs. Maybe a slow or children at play. I personally would put a sign warning drivers there are no adults watching the children playing in the street.

  2. Kathy says:

    @ Kae that could be the case but still the are seem to be a danger, if the they been asking for speed bumps. If this was where they lived and it was one of theirs they would just put up the speed bumps. Hell they waste that much cement during nothing.

    1. Young Jeezy says:

      The true danger was unattentive parents obviously.

  3. altha says:

    My heart /prayers goes out to the family.

  4. Young Jeezy says:

    There is no need for speed bumps if parents would actually WATCH their children. I feel bad for mom but if she spent more time acting like a parent and less time getting her face pierced he child would still be around. You dont let a 5 year old play anywhere near a street. I like how all of these people that live in the area kept asking for speed bumps but clearly didnt bother to keep their kids out of the road. Its amazing how many parents cant be bothered with actually parenting any longer. If the road is that dangerous why are any children playing on or around it. I know its a terrible tragedy but some blame has to be placed on the parents of these poor children.

  5. Young Jeezy says:

    I looked up Southcrest Ct and its about a 200ft long cul-de-sac. It is nearly completely lined with parking spots and it dead ends into a small parking lot. There is no reason to install speed bumps or a stop sign. I really feel bad for this mother but to now ask for speed bumps or a stop sign is just ignorant. Heres an idea dont let your 5yr old play in the street or be anywhere near the street. This driver is clearly at fault but I think a lot of blame goes to mom who could not be bothered with watching her child. The whole story is just terrible.

    1. Kathy says:

      @ Young Jeezy I agree that the parents are the ones at fault, and nowadays parents ar to busy doing their own thing rather than watch their children. It’s a sad thing.. Ok you looked up the street address but that does not excuse the driver. How do you know she was getting a piercing was you there. Was the driving speeding, and he even left the scene after hitting the children. .God bless all thats involved. I.

  6. Aunt Mo says:

    If people are stating that there should be speed bumps because of fast drivers in that area then parents should know not to let their kids go outside unattended for that being just one of many reasons. My 5 year old niece, Mackenzie, was killed two months ago because she was allowed to go outside and play, unattended, in a busy residential neighborhood. As she rode her bike down the sidewalk a truck backing out of a driveway struck and killed her. Parents need to be more responsible. I know the loss is unbearable and that pain of not having her here will never go away. An accident is an accident but had a parent been outside with those children, and crossed the street wtih them, that could have saved her life. I know my Mackenzie was there at the gate of heaven when Kahla arrived and they are skipping down that Golden road together. God, be with this family during their time of grief.

    1. Aunt Mo says:

      I apologize about spelling her name wrong, “Khyla”.

    2. Aunt Mo says:

      And, this was not just an accident but a negligent act on the parents behalf, IF, they let their child play outside and was unattended.

    3. Kathy says:

      sry to hear that Aunt Mo. Kahla & Mackenzie golden road how beautiful.

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