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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Authorities have named a person of interest in a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a 5-year-old boy last week.
Investigators say the person of interest is the female owner of the blue Hyundai Sonata sedan that was turned over to investigators on Sunday.
Forensic analysts with the Accident Investigation Division (AID) are currently combing over the interior and exterior of the vehicle. They are looking for evidence which may connect the car to the accident, as well as evidence pointing to who was driving at the time.
On Friday, 5-year-old Xavier Moy was playing on the 5000 block of Irving Street in West Philadelphia, when he was struck by a car. Police say the driver then fled the scene.
Moy was rushed to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where doctors pronounced him dead.
“My son is gone. My heart is gone,” said Xavier’s mother, Jasmine Moy. “I just loved him so much. He was my protector. Anybody messed with me he was there and he’s only five. I really do miss everything about him. He was a sweet sweet boy.”
Since then, the FOP has offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who has information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible.
“You have to turn yourself in because if this was one of your loved ones you would want the same for you. And I’m asking you and I’m here to tell you that I forgive you but I want you to repent and ask God to forgive you for your sins,” said Moy.
Police have not released the identity of the person of interest, but they do say the woman is cooperating with police. Those working the case say she has hired an attorney.
Authorities tell CBS3 that an arrest could be made later this week.