A brave 11-year-old boy died after he pushed his little sister out of the way of an out-of-control car as the two siblings were waiting for their school bus, his family said Wednesday.
Little La’Darious Wylie sacrificed his short life last week, shoving his 7-year-old sister, Sha’Vonta, to safety as a hit-and-run driver barreled into his tiny body at a South Carolina bus stop, the children’s mother told The Herald.
“He knew to look out for her,” devastated mom Elizabeth McCrorey said.
The fifth grader was struck on the corner of his family’s home last Tuesday morning and died from his injuries the next day.
He was remembered as a hero as he was laid to rest Thursday.
“He saved his sister, and he ended up being the one that’s where he is now,” aunt Felicia Mobley said.
The youngsters were waiting to go to school when police say 57-year-old driver Michelle Johnson veered into them and then fled without calling for help.
Johnson was arrested Thursday and charged with hit and run resulting in death, according to The Herald. She was released on a $25,000 bond and has no criminal record.
La’Darious’s organs were also donated to save another child, his family said.
The little boy who was a good student and loved playing football “had his whole life ahead of him,” loved ones wrote in a GoFundMe page started to help the family pay for funeral costs.
“He fought a great fight, but God had a greater plan,” says the fundraising page, which has collected nearly $21,000 in a week. “He gained his wings and flew away to be with the lord.”
Family and friends left reeling by the tragedy are now trying to keep his legacy alive by getting the boy’s favorite playground named after him.
“Coping with it day by day, so we can’t really say what’s going to lie ahead,” Mobley told WBTV. “We just have to deal with it day by day.”