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Call to action: Neighbor rushes to try to help a child hit by a pickup truck in Gainesville

A neighbor tells TV20 the accident happened outside of the Lewis Place at Ironwood Apartment...
A neighbor tells TV20 the accident happened outside of the Lewis Place at Ironwood Apartment Complex along NE 15th St, north of 39th Ave.(WCJB)
Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 12:40 AM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - It is not a sight Kimani Williams will ever forget.

“Blood was slowly pouring out of his mouth when I picked him up,” said Williams. “Not moving at all, no life in him.”

Williams was at his home at the Ironwood Apartment Complex, when he heard a loud noise, followed by screams.

“The thud that we heard, we turned around, and we see the little plastic tricycle that the boy was riding on. It was scattered everywhere,” said Williams. “That is when we heard the screams of his older brother say, ‘He hit my brother, he hit my brother.’ That is when we all ran over there, and I seen the boy lying face flat on the floor.”

Officials with the Gainesville Police Department say a crash involving a young child occurred at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Police are not releasing much information about the incident, however, a neighbor tells TV20 the accident happened outside of the Lewis Place at Ironwood Apartment Complex along NE 15th St, north of 39th Ave.

GPD has not confirmed any of the details provided to us by Williams, who said he was first on the scene and he tried to help the child.

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Williams says, when he picked up the boy to try to render aid, he wasn’t moving.

“This what we here for our community. We see people injured; we just go help,” said Williams. “You don’t need to sit around, especially when there is a little kid like that. He didn’t deserve that. He got hit hard.”

According to Williams, a white pickup truck hit the child, but the driver didn’t immediately stop.

“He was hesitant, he was hesitant. He eventually stopped and pulled over,” he said.

Williams does not know the family, however, his thoughts are with them.

“I don’t know the kids. I don’t know the parents. I hope the parents have a strong mind. I hope the kid is getting through,” he said. “He took a hard hit, a very hard hit. Just for a little boy, so I could only imagine what he is going through right now. I hope he gets through it and hope he makes it through.”

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He has a simple message for the community.

“We have to keep the kids safe.”

As we learn new information about this crash, we will keep you updated online and on-air.

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