5-year-old Israel T. Thornton struck, killed by car: 9-1-1 calls released

Thornton victim of hit-and-run on way to school

CLEVELAND - The 9-1-1 calls made after a car struck and killed 5-year-old Cleveland boy Israel T. Thornton were released by police Friday.

Click on the video to the left to listen to the calls.

Thornton was walking to school on Denison Avenue at West 37th with his cousin on Friday when, police say, he was hit just after 7 a.m.

He was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center but died there as a result of his injuries.

"This boy just got hit by a car and the car just sped off," said one man who called at 7:18 a.m. "He's in really bad shape."

Officers said the driver of the vehicle continued eastbound on Denison Avenue. They are looking for a light-colored SUV or caravan that may have damage to the grill or the area below. The license plate number is unknown right now.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the vehicle or the driver of the vehicle, or anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Second District at 216-623-5200 or the Hit Skip Unit at 216-623-5295. 

Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

A spokesperson with Breakthrough Schools said Thornton attended Village Prep , a Cleveland charter school. Officials say grief counselors will remain at the school until the end of next week.

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