15-year-old killed in hit and run on Seven Mile in Detroit

- Jerry Grasty was just a 15-year-old trying to make it home in time so he wouldn't miss his 10 p.m. Saturday night curfew.

He was crossing east Seven Mile at Caldwell when he was killed in a hit and run crash, a few minutes after 10.

"It hurts to know that we're not going to see him anymore," said cousin Stephanie Johnson.

"You just left my baby in the street like a dog. He had a bright future, good Lord he did," said Sheila Grasty, his mother.

Investigators and witnesses say the teenager was actually hit by two different vehicles. They say the first one struck Jerry so hard he went flying in the air.

That driver never stopped. Then a second vehicle hit him. That driver did stop, but it was too late.

The teen was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"They speed up and down here so fast," Johnson said. "I'm even scared to cross this street myself. I don't like walking around here and not even to the store. They speed and they don't stop, they just keep going."

Detroit police believe the first driver who never stopped was driving a black SUV. But Jerry's sister and cousin who were with him say the hit and run driver was in a silver car.

Investigators are working to determine exactly what vehicle the suspect was driving.

"Maybe you were going too fast," Sheila said. "I don't care about that, I just want you to turn yourself in and do what's right. My baby didn't deserve that."

"Me as a mother, I don't know where I would be if I had to deal with something like that, I don't know how I would be able to get through it."

If you know anything about the fatal hit and run on east Seven Mile and Caldwell, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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