Vigil planned on 8-year anniversary of Tony Swain's death; Boy killed by hit-skip driver in Akron

Victim's mother keeps praying for justice

AKRON, Ohio - Family and friends will gather Friday evening to pray for justice on the eight-year anniversary of the tragic death of Tony Swain.

The 10-year-old boy, with a big smile and memorable dimples, was killed on his way to the school after he was hit by maroon Ford Thunderbird or Mercury Cougar at Lovers Lane and Hammel Street in Akron.

Tony pushed his younger sister, Charlique, out of the the path of the vehicle just before impact.

"If it wasn't for him, I would have lost both of my kids. He pushed her out of they way and his life was taken, but he saved his sister," Lillie Swain said during an interview at her home.

A crossing guard was helping the kids cross the street when the accident happened around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 6, 2005.

The driver never stopped and has never been caught.

During a vigil scheduled for 6 p.m. at the accident site, family members plan to remind the community that the case remains unsolved.

Lillie Swain said believes the driver is still in the area and hopes someone will turn over information that could lead to an arrest, and give her family closure.

"If anyone is out there, I'm begging you to come forth. Just imagine one of your loved ones being hit and left there at the scene to die," she said.

Lt. Rick Edwards with the Akron Police Department said officers pursued every lead, but they haven't received any new tips in several years.

"You never want to lose hope in a case like that. You hope someone will have a conscience," Edwards said.

Lillie said she feels "stuck in time" and time is not healing her wounds.

She explained that her "baby boy" is always in her heart, but suddenly realized he wouldn't be a boy anymore.

"He would have been 18," she said, as tears rolled down her face.

Anyone with information on the fatal hit-skip should call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.

Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.

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