17-year-old killed after being hit by car driven by cousin

17-year-old killed after being hit by car driven by cousin
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A 17-year-old was killed in a hit-and-run Monday morning in Orange Mound.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. on Raymond Street.

Police said the teen, later identified as Eric Johnson, was sitting on the sidewalk when someone driving a stolen car hit him.

The driver of the car then stopped, got out, and ran.

Johnson was taken to the hospital where he later died.

A 15-year-old passenger in the car was detained at the scene.

The tragedy has been made worse for the family because the driver who fled the scene is related to the victim.

"Yeah, they're cousins," Rodney Nevilles, the suspect's grandfather, said. "Man, hard to believe."

According to the markings left by investigators at the crime scene, it appears that the car jumped the curb.

Neighbors said that the woman driving the car kept going through several yards, even running through a tree before hitting Johnson down the block.

While Nevilles doesn't know exactly what led up to what he calls a tragic accident, he believes this was just that--an accident.

"She just lost control of the car," he said.

Police said that the teenage driver did turn herself in Monday afternoon, but there are no charges right now.

Police also said the car she was driving was stolen, but the family said that's not true. They said she was allowed to borrow it from a friend.

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