Family wants to find driver who struck a toddler, drove away

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A toddler remained in serious condition Sunday after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in east Charlotte Thursday night.

The incident occurred at 9:32 p.m. in the 6800 block of Monroe Road near Conference Drive.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the family had just gotten off a CATS bus.

The family crossed two lanes and was standing in the median waiting to cross the remaining lanes when boy, Qshawn Blakney, broke free from his mother's hand and ran across the inbound lanes.

On Friday, Naqonna Blakney described the moment her 3-year-old son QShawn got hit by an oncoming car.

"His eyes were rolling in the back of his head, and he was unconscious and blood was everywhere," Blakney said.

Blakney said she immediately scopped him off the road after the 3-year-old boy was struck by a Cadillac traveling in the left, inbound lane. The driver and two passengers were in the car.

Volario Dillihunt heard Blakney's screams.

"That's all you could hear and the baby got hit, it dragged the baby just a little bit," Dillihunt said.

Dillihunt saw the driver pulled over and stop, but he didn't stick around.

"I went to go help the lady, and the car kept going, we couldn't stop the car," added Dillihunt.

As the mother and other witnesses assisted the injured child, police said the Cadillac drove away.

Medic transported the boy to Carolinas Medical Center and he was listed in critical condition as of Friday morning.

Police are looking for a pearl white or light-colored, 4-door Cadillac. The license plate begins with the letters - ZXT.

The driver is described as a black male in his 20's who is around 6-feet tall and 185 pounds. He has short hair and was wearing a white T-shirt and jean shorts. The passengers in the car were both black females.

Blakney says it's hard to believe the driver could leave her three-year-old son lying in the street.

"He didn't stay to see if the baby was even okay," she said.

The CMPD's Major Crash Investigation Unit is checking the surveillance camera on the bus to see if the incident was captured on videotape.

If you know anything about the driver or the car involved, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or the Major Crash Investigation Unit at 704-336-8862.

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