A 15-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Unison Road, off Carmichael Road, yesterday morning, police reported.
Relatives at the scene identified the victim as Leo Dorcely, a student of Anatol Rodgers High School.
According to police, shortly after 9:30 a.m., officers from the Carmichael Road Police Station responded to reports of a lifeless body on the ground.
Police said they suspect the victim hit the wall of a house near the edge of the road after he was struck by a vehicle.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Police said that a black or gray truck, which is believed to be a late model Ford F-150, was traveling south on Unison Road when the teen was struck.
Superintendent Mareno Hinds said, “We believe that the driver was aware that he had struck the individual. He stopped. He got out of the vehicle. We believe that he checked on the young male and he got in his truck and he took off.”
He said police are looking for a black man in his late 30s or early 40s in connection with the incident.
Shortly before noon, cries from the victim’s mother and sister could be heard echoing throughout the neighborhood.
As her voice broke, Derinne Anistor, Dorcely’s mother, repeatedly hollered: “Leo, my Leo! I want to see my son!”
Other residents wiped tears from their eyes with the back of their arms or their shirts.
The road near the scene was lined with the victim’s friends and relatives who watched as police officers took photos.
Anistor shrieked, nearly falling to her knees as her son’s body was carried away.
Relatives had to restrain her.
Dorcely was on his way to the bus stop when he was killed, according to his father, Leovil Dorcely.
“He was headed to community service,” the father told The Nassau Guardian.
“I was at work and someone called me after 9 a.m. and they told me Leo was dead. He’s dead. I got in my car and just came here. I don’t know what you want me to say; it’s heartbreaking. That was my son.”
Dorcely was the fifth of seven children.
His older brother was noticeably infuriated by the news of his brother’s death as he paced the scene.
“Ain’t nothing gonna bring him back,” he shouted.
“I wish it was me. I done live my life. He was just starting. It ain’t fair… It really ain’t fair.”
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice