Family says 11-year-old's death was preventable

Family says 11-year-old's death was preventable

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An 11-year-old boy was killed after someone drove off while he was on the trunk of their car.

Treston Harris' family is still mourning and trying to cope with the loss of their loved one.

"He was not moving at all," Treston's sister Diamond Harris said. "They lifted him up and his eye lids opened and his eyes were rolling in the back of his head. Just for him to be in his blood standing there and for me to be a big sister and I can't do anything."

Diamond fought through tears as she described how she found out her brother had been in an accident. She said she happened to be in the area and saw her brother lying in the street.

"There was nothing I could do," father Charles Harris Washington said. "The paramedics had arrived and they were trying to work on him and get his heart started. It's the worst thing a parent can see."

Police said a 19-year-old got behind the wheel and took off without knowing Harris was on the trunk. Harris fell head first onto the pavement.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Family said he was proclaimed brain dead by doctors Thursday.

"He's supposed to bury me and now I have to bury him," Washington said.

Harris was described as a lovable 11-year-old who loved football and played the violin. Most of all, family said he loved his sisters.

"I wake up in the morning and I think he's going to wake me up and say 'D, get up it's time for school,' but now no one is calling my name," Harris said.

The teen driving did not have a license and police said he was issued a misdemeanor citation.

Family members said the accident could have been prevented.

"Please please please check your surroundings. Be cautious coming down streets. Be cautious of kids playing, period. That could be your sister, your brother, your loved one."

Harris' football team has set up a GoFundMe to help his family pay for funeral expenses. If you would like to donate, click here.

The family is hosting a candle light vigil in Treston's honor at East Side Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Monday.

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