Mother of second sidewalk crash victim: 'I had to pull the plug on my baby'

Mother of second sidewalk crash victim: 'I had to pull the plug on my baby'
Darryl Howard is the second boy to die after being hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk. (Source: Howard family)
Darryl Howard is the second boy to die after being hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk. (Source: Howard family)
Barbra Howard said she had to make the decision to pull her son off of life support. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Barbra Howard said she had to make the decision to pull her son off of life support. (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The second child who was hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk over the weekend died on Monday morning.

Darryl Howard and Joshua McDowell, both 11 years old, were hit by a car near the intersection of Raleigh Millington Road and Jones Road. McDowell died on the scene. Darryl was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police charged Sparkel Hastings, 26, with vehicular homicide, aggravated assault, and driving without a license or insurance. She could face additional charges since Darryl has also died as a result of the accident.

Darryl's mother, Barbra, is trying to find peace as the makeshift memorial where the boys were hit grows with balloons, teddy bears, and flowers. She was with her son and Joshua when they were hit while walking to a nearby corner store.

"Before I could do anything, I see my baby flying in the air and hitting the ground," she remembered. "To even be going fast, fast down this little street...it doesn't make any sense.

"My baby's life was taken from him, by some stupidity. I miss him so much."

Barbra had to decide what to do after learning that her son was brain dead.

"I had to pull the plug on my baby," she said. "To unplug my son, that's been the worst and the hardest."

Sparkel Hastings remains in Shelby County Jail on a $350,000 bond.

"She doesn't even need to be able to drive a vehicle again if you asked me," Barba added.

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