‘He’s gone:’ Memphis family grieving after 3-year-old boy hit, killed by driver on busy street

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis family is heartbroken after 3-year-old Roy Junior McKinney was hit and killed by a driver on Tuesday.

“A 3-year-old gone, just like that,” said Angela Morris, the boy’s aunt. “You’re telling me you can’t see somebody trying to run across the street and slow down?”

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The boy’s cousin Bergandy Momon said she came over to the boy’s house on Range Line St. to take the boy and her son to the grocery store.

“The baby got in and he didn’t want to go, so my son proceeded to get out on the passenger side to take the baby back in the house,” she said.

Momon said she stopped in the turn lane across from the boy’s house.

When he got out of the car, a driver hit him before he could make it inside.

“The cars come so fast down the street,” she said. “He hit him and knocked him down.”

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The boy was rushed to the hospital where police said he later died from his injuries.

His family said this isn’t the first time a wreck has happened on Range Line St.

Momon said she is pushing for the city to install speed bumps on the busy street.

“This happens way too much in the city of Memphis,” she said. “They have speed bumps on streets they don’t need to be when there needs to be some out here.”

For now, the boy’s family said they’re leaning on their faith and hanging on to the memories to push them through.

“He’s a sweet little boy,” Momon said. “He’s joyous, he’s playful. He likes having fun. He’s a people’s person.”

Police haven’t released any information on the driver of the car but said the driver stayed on the scene.

We’ve reached out to the city of Memphis to ask what it would take to install a speedbump, but haven’t heard back.