Akron police arrest new suspect in hit-skip of 5-year-old boy near elementary school

Other man released, charges dismissed

AKRON, Ohio - Akron police have arrested a different suspect in the hit-and-run of a 5-year-old boy and released the man who was originally in custody for the crime.

On March 15, Joshua Shaw, age 5, was walking home from Judith A. Resnick Elementary School with is 9-year-old sister when he was hit by a car.

Joshua's sister said the driver got out of the car, ran towards the boy and said he was sorry. Then he jumped back into his vehicle and drove away.

Akron investigators said Shaune Chesney, 48, was identified as the driver. He was arrested and charged with hit-skip and driving under suspension. He has since been released and the charges were dropped.

On Friday, Akron police said they interviewed 38-year-old William E. Wilkes Jr. of Akron while acting on a tip from the Summit County Crimestoppers.  Wilkes admitted to the crash on Goodhue Drive, and was charged with driving under a suspended license and felony hit-skip. He was taken to the Summit County Jail.

Joshua suffered a broken leg in two places. He underwent surgery and doctors put nails into his leg because it was so shattered, his mother LaCresia Shaw said. He'll be in a cast for two months.

"I just don't think leaving the scene of a crime, leaving an obviously injured 5-year-old child on the ground, is what a normal human being does," LaCresia said.

The boy's father said he understands the crash was an accident and that his son was likely at fault, but the driver acted like a coward.

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