6-year-old killed in an apparent hit-and-run in South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old boy was killed in an apparent hit-and-run in South Carolina early Sunday morning.

The boy, identified as Kayden Valdez by Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, was walking alone at around 2:30 a.m. along a road in Columbia when he was struck by a vehicle, officials told WMAZ-TV. The vehicle may have been a dark sedan. After the collision, the driver left the scene.

Emergency medical services transported the child to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. According to an autopsy, Valdez died as a result of multiple trauma from the hit-and-run collision, WMAZ-TV reported.

Police are investigating how and why the child was alone on the roadway. They are determining whether surveillance video captured the incident, including the suspect’s vehicle.

Anyone with information related to the crash is encouraged to contact the authorities.

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