Sheriff: Hammond man accused of killing 5-year-old in hit-and-run

Sheriff: Hammond man accused of killing 5-year-old in hit-and-run

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Hammond man has been accused of killing a 5-year-old in a hit-and-run Monday night.

Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards said 25-year-old Davonta Johnson Abron was charged with hit-and run-resulting in a fatality, negligent homicide, three outstanding hold- without bond warrants, and a parole violation.

According to the report, a 5-year-old boy was struck and killed near the intersection of East Park St. and Simpson Place in Hammond.

The incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. when a black 4-door-Nissan Sentra fatally stuck the child, leaving him lifeless lying on the side of the road.

According to the report, witnesses said after hearing the loud crash they saw a male exit a black Nissan Sentra, walk around the vehicle assessing it for damages, and then fleeing the scene.

Edwards said when deputies arrived, they found the child lying on the ground motionless and immediately began CPR.

Acadian Ambulance Services quickly arrived and took over the life saving efforts before transporting the child to a near by medical facility.

Later that evening, the child died from his injuries sustained during the crash.

Edwards said over the course of investigation, the Hammond Police Department received information that identified Abron as a possible suspect in this case.

Abron was taken into custody at his residence around 2:30 a.m. this morning.

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