Students mourn loss of 7-year-old classmate killed in hit-and-run

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MARION CO, Fla. (WCJB) - UPDATE 11/18/19:
7-year-old Bryce Benson was riding his bike with a friend Friday evening when he was struck by a car.

The 17-year-old driving the car left the scene. And Bryce was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Bryce's teacher at sunrise elementary says the class was an emotional time this morning as Bryce's classmates were told that he died.

"I have my times that I break down and you know its hard and I did cry little and every now and then I'll cry and I think about his sweet smile and his beautiful face and I could just see it picture it in my mind and I can smile because I'm glad that I got to know him for as long as I did," said Tracy Capers, Bryce's 2nd grade teacher.

Bryce's classmates wrote letters to his family saying who Bryce was to them and what it was like having him as a classmate and a friend.

FHP troopers were able to locate the driver after the driver's grandfather turned him in.

The teen has been charged with leaving the scene without rendering aid resulting in death — and the use of an unregistered vehicle.

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A hit-and-run in Marion County has left a 7-year-old boy dead, with the teenage driver now facing charges.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Bryce Benson of Dunnellon was biking near the 10800 block of Southwest 155th Street with another individual when a 17-year-old hit him in an unlit area.

The teen driver left the scene but was found shortly thereafter and subsequently arrested.

Benson was taken to the Ocala Regional Medical Center where he later died.

The teen has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash without rendering aid resulting in death and the use of a unregistered motor vehicle.