SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A 16-year-old boy was run down while walking down the street to his sister's house. Now, investigators need the community's help to find the hit-and-run driver who killed him.
Anthony Weakland was on Albrecht Avenue in Springfield Township Tuesday night when he was hit. Lt. William Weirtz with the Ohio State Highway Patrol said this was a senseless act and they won't stop until they find this person.
"It's inexcusable. Obviously, they should've stopped and rendered assistance," Weirtz said.
For the victim's older sister, Allison Weakland, this is her worst nightmare come true.
"My mom called hysterical and told me my brother was dead. We went up there and he was gone. Somebody had run him over. We found out they didn't stop," she said.
Allison Weakland said Anthony was walking with friends when he was hit. He died at the scene.
"You took something from us. We'll never be able to replace, never, never. How dare you?" Allison Weakland said, as she addressed the person responsible.
Despite her anger, she spoke tenderly about who her brother was. Allison Weakland said he was a good kid.
"He loved riding his dirt bike, hanging out with his friends. He was just an amazing person, amazing child."
Friends comforted each other on the scene as a makeshift memorial slowly grew.
Childhood friend Ashley Smith said she blames the speeding motorists, who drive down the street, forgetting children live along the way.
"It kills me the person is still out there driving around like nothing happened. I pray it's on his conscience," she said.
"We need closure. We need to find out who did this. I don't know how somebody could hit a teenaged kid and leave the scene like nothing happened," Allison Weakland's fiancée, Bradley Shelton, said.
Lt. Weirtz said they recovered a few items from the vehicle in question and they're following up on leads. He said he worst-case scenario would be for investigators to have to exhaust their resources to hunt this person down, but he said he hopes the person will come forward.
"We're hoping this person will do the right thing and come clean, make the best of a bad situation, this is hard on the Weakland family, his friends, and the entire community," said Lt. Weirtz.
Grief counselors met with people Wednesday afternoon at the Springfield Church of the Brethren at 3500 Albrecht Ave. to help them cope.
Later on Wednesday, hundreds went to the crash site to remember Weakland. There were so many people at the vigil, police were forced to block off that section of the road.
"The fact that so many people are here to support us, it's better than us sitting at home and crying. We want these people around," Allison Weakland said.
"Whoever did this, please feel the guilt and turn yourself in. This is my cousin, he has no life. He's in heaven," Cindy Hubler said.