Elderly woman finds grandson dead after hit and run

A woman found the body of her grandson in the street - now police are looking for the hit and run driver.

Minnie Wilson awoke to the sight of her grandson William Rice's dead body, lying in the road, run over by a car.

His body was found at about 5 a.m. near the house he shared with his grandmother on the east side at Beaconsfield & Bremen streets in Detroit. Friends and family are gathering there, to remember the man they called Will.

Police are working off the little evidence found at the scene. With no streetlights around, no one has reported getting a clear view of the vehicle before the driver fled.

"I came out and he was lying there," said Minnie Wilson. "There was blood everywhere. I don't know what could've happened. I don't know. Somebody just killed him. They killed him."

Martrel Russ, a friend of Wilson's grandson, said he heard a loud boom and ran outside.

"I went to check to see who it was and it was him lying in the middle of the street," Russ said. "I called 911 then I came and got granny."

"He looked like he was dead when I came out," Wilson said.

Rice was like a son to Wilson, taking him in as her own at the age of three, after his family was killed.

"He's been my baby ever since," Wilson said. "He was a good guy."

The family, left broken, has a plea for the public.

"I wish someone would let me know what happened to him and why," Wilson said.

If you have any information about this hit and run you are asked to call Detroit police at (313) 596-5300, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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