PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (WJZ)—A Maryland community is outraged after a 16-year-old boy dies in a hit-and-run crash. His family wants answers after police questioned the driver, but let him go.
Weijia Jiang spoke with the victim’s mother and police.
The family is sharing their story only with WJZ. They say they’re heartbroken, but they’re also angry because 48 hours later, the driver has not been charged.
“I miss him,” the victim’s mother, Nicole Reese, said while fighting back tears. “I just want him back. I just want him back.”
Reese clings to a picture of her only son, 16-year-old Brandon Reese. On Monday, the Perryville High School junior was killed in what police describe as a hit-and-run crash.
“I hope they understand what they did was wrong, and they can be man enough to make it right,” Nicole Reese said.
Brandon Reese was killed around 7:30 p.m. Monday right in front of his house on Jacob Tome Highway in Port Deposit.
Police say he was skateboarding when a car struck him and then drove off— outraging those who live in the close-knit neighborhood.
“What would make someone keep on going? You just don’t run over someone and keep on going and not know you hit something,” said Anna Cifaldo, family friend.
Later, investigators tracked down the freshly damaged vehicle on Main Street about a mile away.
“The driver was located,” said Elena Russo, Maryland State Police. “He was brought in to the barrack for questioning, later released. Now, charges are pending after review with the Cecil County State’s Attorney.”
The teen’s loved ones call waiting for an arrest agonizing. They want answers now. So far, all they know is Brandon Reese died doing what he loved.
His mom had just bought him a new skateboard for his birthday in August.
“He was my love,” she said. “He was my life. I just want it right. I want my son’s death right. That’s all I want.”
Police say they let the driver go because the investigation was ongoing, but they anticipate charges to be filed soon.
At this time police are not releasing the driver’s name.